I Saw a Mass(1997)
"I Saw a Mass" is the 15th song in Rorem's massive song cycle Evidence of Things Not Seen, which sets 36 poems by a total of 24 authors.
I saw a mass...
by John Woolman
...I saw a mass of matter of a dull gloomy color ... and was informed that this mass was human beings in as great misery as they could be, and live, and that I was mixed in with them, and henceforth I might not consider myself as a distinct or separate being.