A Glimpse

(1997)

"A Glimpse" is the tenth song in Rorem's massive song cycle Evidence of Things Not Seen, which sets 36 poems by a total of 24 authors.

A Glimpse
by Walt Whitman


A glimpse, through an interstice caught,
Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a bar-room,
around the stove, late of a winter night --
And I unremark'd seated in a corner;\t
Of a youth who loves me, and whom I love,
silently approaching, and seating himself near,
that he may hold me by the hand;
A long while, amid the noises of coming and going
of drinking and oath and smutty jest,
There we two, content, happy in being together,
speaking little, perhaps not a word.


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