Are you the new person?

"Are you the new person?" sets a poem by Walt Whitman. The song, written by Ned Rorem, is dedicated to Phyllis Curtin.

Date: 1989Composer: Ned RoremText: Walt Whitman

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Are you the new person drawn toward me?
by Walt Whitman

Are you the new person drawn toward me?t
To begin with, take warning—I am surely far different from what you suppose;t
Do you suppose you will find in me your ideal?t
Do you think it so easy to have me become your lover?t
Do you think the friendship of me would be unalloy’d satisfaction?t
Do you think I am trusty and faithful?t
Do you see no further than this façade—this smooth and tolerant manner of me?t
Do you suppose yourself advancing on real ground toward a real heroic man?t
Have you no thought, O dreamer, that it may be all maya, illusion?


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50 Collected Songs

Composer(s): Ned Rorem

Song(s): Clouds
The End
Chromatic Fantasy
For Susan
Psalm 150
The Nightingale
A Birthday
A Child Asleep in Its Own Life
A Journey
The Land of Fear
Little Elegy
The Lordly Hudson
O Do Not Love Too Long
On a Little Bird
Poem for F.
The Serpent
Shelley's Vision
The Sick Wife
Spring (Hopkins)
Spring (Koch)
The Waking
What if some little pain...
While Sodom was occupied
A Glimpse
He Thinks Upon His Death
Rain in Spring
You, the young Rainbow
Early in the Morning
Are you the new person?
Catullus: on the Burial of His Brother
Ferry me across the water
I strolled across an open field
I will always love you
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Look down, fair moon
Love in a Life
On a Singing Girl
Sometimes with one I love
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Such beauty as hurts to behold
That shadow, my likeness
To a Young Girl
Visits to St. Elizabeths

Voice Type: High & Medium/Low

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