A Song of Joys

(1995)

"A Song of Joys" is the first 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].

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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.

A Song of Joys
by Walt Whitman


O to make the most jubilant song!
Full of music—full of manhood, womanhood, infancy!
Full of common employments—full of grain and trees.


O for the voices of animals—O for the swiftness and balance of
fishes!
O for the dropping of raindrops in a song!
O for the sunshine and motion of waves in a song!


O the joy of my spirit—it is uncaged—it darts like lightning!
It is not enough to have this globe or a certain time,
I will have thousands of globes and all time.


O the engineer's joys! to go with a locomotive!
To hear the hiss of steam, the merry shriek, the steam-whistle, the
laughing locomotive!
To push with resistless way and speed off in the distance.


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