"Clouds" was composed in 1953 and dedicated to composer David Diamond. Rorem's song sets the text of Paul Goodman. The song was also arranged for orchestra in 2007.

Date: 1953Composer: Ned RoremText: Paul Goodman

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by Paul Goodman

So effortlessly
we are not given to move on earth
as these in heaven clouds,
nor without desire
to tend whither the airs conspire.
The clouds exaggerate and pile
into heights of mile on mile.
In the breathing o’ the universe
they drift asunder and disperse.

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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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