Tuesday, November 5, 2013

ADAGIO for STRINGS

Samuel Barber

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
I live with her –– I see her face
I go no more away –– for Visitor or Sundown ––
Death’s single privacy.

The only one forestalling mine –– 
And that by rights that she
Present a claim –– invisible  ––
No wedlock granted me.

I live with her –– I hear her voice.
I stand alive today ––
As Witness to the Certainty
Of Immortality.

Taught me by Time ––
The lower way ––
Conviction every day
That life like this is endless
Be Judgment what it may!

~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
[Adapated by FT]

4 comments:

  1. One of my favorite pieces! I sometimes post it on 9/11.

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  2. Hello Dear Friend!

    I would love to see photos of your home. My email address is:
    andieiamwhoiam@gmail.com

    I thought I was being clever when I came up with that one but it is a pain in Ye Olde keister to write!

    My best friend lived to be 96! You still have time!

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  3. We cover thee, sweet face --

    Not that we tire of thee --
    But that thyself fatigue of us

    Remember as thou flee
    We follow thee --
    Until thou notice us no more

    And then -- reluctant --turn away
    To conn thee o'er and o'er,
    And blame the scanty love
    We were content to show

    Augmented, sweet, a hundredfold --
    If thou couldst take it now.

    ~ Emiiy Dickinson (1830-1886)

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  4. We cover thee, sweet face --

    Not that we tire of thee --
    But that thyself fatigue of us

    Remember as thou flee
    We follow thee --
    Until thou notice us no more

    And then -- reluctant --turn away
    To conn thee o'er and o'er,
    And blame the scanty love
    We were content to show

    Augmented, sweet, a hundredfold --
    If thou couldst take it now.

    ~ Emiiy Dickinson (1830-1886)

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