The Children's Hour

In this song, Ives only sets the first three stanzas of Longfellow's 10-stanza poem "The Children's Hour."

The audio recording of "The Children's Hour" features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Date: 1901Composer: Charles IvesText: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Between the Dark and the Daylight (excerpt)
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the days occupations,
That is known as Children’s Hour.

I hear in the chamber above me
the patter of little feet
The sound of a door that is opened
and voices soft and sweet.

From my study I see in the lamplight
Descending the broad hall stair,
Grave Alice and laughing Allegra
and Edith with golden hair.

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    Composer(s): Charles Ives

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