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Sudden Light

Commissioned By

SongFest, for Joanna Percy and Grace Templeton

First Performance

June 2023



Voice and Piano


2 minutes


Sudden Light by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

I have been here before, 

But when or how I cannot tell:

I know the grass beyond the door, 

The sweet keen smell, 

The sighing sound, the lights around the shore. 

You have been mine before, - 

How long ago I may not know: 

But just when at the swallow's soar

Your neck turn'd so, 

Some veil did fall, - I knew it all of yore. 

Has this been thus before? 

And shall not thus time's eddying flight

Still with out lives our love restore

In death's despite,

And day and night yield one delight once more?



     Score $15

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