Keep Your Splendid, Silent Sun

Keep Your Splendid, Silent Sun

from 3.15

Text adapted from "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman
Composed by Barlow Bradford for SATB Choir and Orchestra

  • "Keep Your Splendid, Silent Sun" SATB Choir and Piano Choral Score

  • Orchestration: 0022 (or 0011) 2200 str. guitar (winds optional)

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TEXT

Keep your splendid, silent sun;
Keep your woods, O Nature, and the quiet places by the woods;   
Keep your fields of clover and timothy, and your corn-fields and orchards;            
Keep the blossoming buckwheat fields, where the Ninth-month bees hum;
Give me faces and streets! 
Give me these phantoms incessant and endless along the trottoirs!
Give me interminable eyes! Give me women! 
Give me comrades and lovers by the thousand!
Let me see new ones every day! Let me hold new ones by the hand every day!  
Give me such shows! Give me the streets of Manhattan! 
Give me Broadway, with the soldiers marching--
Give me the sound of the trumpets and drums!            
Give me the shores and the wharves heavy-fringed with the black ships!
O such for me! O an intense life! O full to repletion, and varied!            
The life of the theatre, barroom, huge hotel, for me!            
The saloon of the steamer! The crowded excursion for me! The torchlight procession!            
People, endless, streaming, with strong voices, passions, pageants;
Manhattan streets, with their powerful throbs, with the beating drums, as now;            
Manhattan crowds, with their turbulent musical chorus--
With varied chorus, and light of the sparkling eyes; 
Manhattan faces and eyes forever for me.

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