Alabaster Wool (Snowfall)

(1944)

Ernst Bacon's setting of Emily Dickinson's "It sifts from leaden sieves" has two titles: "Alabaster Wool" and "Snowfall." The song can be found in Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature Time and Space - Volume 1 , published by Classical Vocal Reprints.

Alabaster Wool (Snowfall)

by Emily Dickinson


It sifts from leaden sieves,\t
It powders all the wood,\t
It fills with alabaster wool\t
The wrinkles of the road.\t

It makes an even face\t
Of mountain and of plain,—\t
Unbroken forehead from the east\t
Unto the east again.\t

It reaches to the fence,\t
It wraps it, rail by rail,\t
Till it is lost in fleeces;\t
It flings a crystal veil\t

On stump and stack and stem,—\t
The summer’s empty room,\t
Acres of seams where harvests were
Recordless, but for them.\t

It ruffles wrists of posts,\t
As ankles of a queen,—\t
Then stills its artisans like ghosts,\t
Denying they have been.\t


Audio PLaylist