The White Dawn is Stealing

(1909)

"The White Dawn is Stealing" is the second song of Cadman's song cycle From the Land of Sky-Blue Water (Four American Indian Songs), Op. 45. The cycle sets traditional melodies of the Omaha tribe and text by poet Nelle Richmond Eberhart.

The White Dawn is Stealing
by Nelle Richmond Eberhart


The white dawn is stealing above the dark cedar trees,
The young corn is waving its blades in the morning breeze;
The birds chant so lonely, the leaves softly moan above,
The heart of me sighs, the heart of me sighs for love.


My signal I flash where the spring's silver waters lie,
My love-call I send on the winds that are floating by.
Then come, oh, thy coming shall be as the dawn to me,
The heart of me sighs, the heart of me sighs for thee.


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