An Awful Tempest Mashed the Air

(1978)

"An Awful Tempest Mashed the Air" is the fourth song of John Duke's Six Poems by Emily Dickinson for soprano and piano.

An Awful Tempest Mashed the Air
by Emily Dickinson


An awful Tempest mashed the air --
The clouds were gaunt, and few --
A Black -- as of a Spectre's Cloak
Hid Heaven and Earth from view.


The creatures chuckled on the Roofs --
And whistled in the air --
And shook their fists --
And gnashed their teeth --
And swung their frenzied hair.


The morning lit -- the Birds arose --
The Monster's faded eyes
Turned slowly to his native coast --
And peace -- was Paradise!


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