Long, Too Long America

(2007)

"Long, Too Long America" is the first song from Caryn Block's song cycle Long, Too Long America. The song cycle is for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and piano.

The audio clip in the player to the right was provided by Caryn Block. The performance took place on January 14, 2012 and was a workshop reading of Long, Too Long America given by The Opera Project at St. Andrew's Church in Lambertville, New Jersey. To listen, click on the track name itself.

Long, Too Long America
by Walt Whitman


Long, too long America,
Traveling roads all even and peaceful you learn'd from joys and
prosperity only,
But now, ah now, to learn from crises of anguish, advancing,
grappling with direst fate and recoiling not,
And now to conceive and show to the world what your children
en-masse really are,
(For who except myself has yet conceiv'd what your children en-masse
really are?)


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