"Nocturne" is the second 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.
[From "I Am the Poet of the Body"]
by Walt Whitman
Press close, bare-bosom'd night! Press close, magnetic, nourishing night!
Night of south winds! night of the large few stars!
Still, nodding night! mad, naked, summer night.
Smile, O voluptuous, cool-breath'd earth!
Earth of the slumbering and liquid trees;
Earth of departed sunset! earth of the mountains, misty-topt!
Earth of the vitreous pour of the full moon, just tinged with blue!
Earth of shine and dark, mottling the tide of the river!
Earth of the limpid gray of clouds, brighter and clearer for my sake!
Far-swooping elbow'd earth! rich, apple-blossom'd earth!
Smile, for your lover comes!