"Clouds" was composed in 1953 and dedicated to composer David Diamond. Rorem's song sets the text of Paul Goodman. The song was also arranged for orchestra in 2007.

by Paul Goodman

So effortlessly
we are not given to move on earth
as these in heaven clouds,
nor without desire
to tend whither the airs conspire.
The clouds exaggerate and pile
into heights of mile on mile.
In the breathing o' the universe
they drift asunder and disperse.

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