The Last Invocation(1995)
"The Last Invocation" is the sixth and final song of Simon Sargon's song cycle A Clear Midnight: Six Songs set to Poems of Walt Whitman for Baritone, Horn, and Piano.
Sheet music for Mr. Sargon's songs is available directly through the composer by contacting the following address: [email protected].
The audio selection in the player to the right features Donnie Ray Albert, baritone, Gregory Hustis French horn, and Simon Sargon, piano. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.
The Last Invocation
by Walt Whitman
At the last, tenderly,
From the walls of the powerful, fortress'd house,
From the clasp of the knitted locks --
from the keep of the well-closed doors,
Let me be wafted.
Let me glide noiselessly forth;
With the key of softness unlock the locks -- with a whisper,
Set ope the doors, O Soul!
Tenderly! be not impatient!
(Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh!
Strong is your hold, O Love.)