The Air is the Only

"The Air is the Only" is the third and fifteenth song in Ned Rorem's song cycle Poems of Love and Rain for mezzo-soprano and piano.

Date: 1965Composer: Ned RoremText: Howard MossSong Collection: Poems of Love and Rain

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The Air is the Only
by Howard Moss

The air is the only
Lonely bearer
Of the one breath
Of Love’s wayfarer.
The sea’s too wet
To forgive.
Its salty ranges:
Change changes.
But sing flesh,
Sinew and bone,
And mostly blood,
The fine wood
In which we hive
The dead and alive,
The hollow vein
And love’s rain.

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Poems of Love and Rain

Composer(s): Ned Rorem

Voice Type: Medium

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