The Lordly Hudson

(1947)

"The Lordly Hudson" sets the text of Paul Goodman. The song was composed by Ned Rorem in 1947, and an orchestral version was composed in 2007.

The Lordly Hudson
by Paul Goodman


"Driver, what stream is it?"
I asked, well knowing
it was our lordly Hudson
hardly flowing.


"It is our lordly Hudson
hardly flowing," he said,
"under the green-grown cliffs."


Be still, heart!
No one needs
your passionate suffrage
to select this glory--
this is our lordly Hudson
hardly flowing
under the green-grown cliffs.


"Driver has this a peer
in Europe or the East?"


"No, no!" He said.
Home! Home!
Be quiet, heart!
This is our lordly Hudson
and has no peer
in Europe or the East;
this is our lordly Hudson
hardly flowing
under the green-grown cliffs
and has no peer
in Europe or the East;
be quiet, heart!
Home! Home!


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