"Entrance" is the second song of David Conte's song cycle Everyone Sang. The cycle is for baritone and piano and sets four songs by various poets.
The audio selection in the player to the right features Tim Krol, baritone, and Steven Bailey, piano. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Dana Gioia
Whoever you are: step out of doors tonight,
Out of the room that lets you feel secure.
Infinity is open to your sight.
Whoever you are.
With eyes that have forgotten how to see
From viewing things already too well-known,
Lift up into the dark a huge, black tree
And put it in the heavens: tall, alone.
And you have made the world and all you see.
It ripens like the words still in your mouth.
And when at last you comprehend its truth,
Then close your eyes and gently set it free.