Look Down, Fair Moon(1940)
“Look Down, Fair Moon” is from Walt Whitman’s collection of Civil War poetry Drum-Taps, published in 1865.
The audio recording, provided in the audio player to the right, features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Craig Rutenberg, piano. This song was recorded for Instant Encore as part of American Public Media's Performance Today series, presented by Classical Minnesota Public Radio. To listen, please click on the track name itself. You can download a recording of this entire recital for free through the Instant Encore website with the download code: THSOA2009.
Look Down, Fair Moon
by Walt Whitman
Look down, fair moon and bathe this scene,
Pour softly down night's nimbus floods, on faces ghastly, swollen, purple;
On the dead, on their backs, with arms toss'd wide,
Pour down your unstinted nimbus, sacred moon.