Come Ready and See Me

This song is perhaps Richard Hundley's best known work. It was composed in January 1971, and is dedicated to Jeffrey L. Cerza, a friend of the composer who died at an early age. It is included in Four Songs, (1989), in the key of Eb major, and Eight Songs, (1981), in the higher key, Gb major. Betty Allen premiered this song on her recitals throughout the United States in 1973. It has been recorded by mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade and tenor, Paul Sperry.

--Esther Jane Hardenbergh

Date: 1971Composer: Richard HundleyText: James Purdy

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Come Ready and See me
by James Purdy

Come ready and see me,
No matter how late
Come before the years run out,
I’m waiting with a candle
No wind will blow out,
But you must haste
By foot or by sky
For no one can wait forever
Under the bluest sky
I can’t wait forever
For the years are running out.

From Mr. Evening, And Nine Poems by James Purdy.
(Black Sparrow Press)
Copyright 1968 by James Purdy.

Books

Mr. Evening: A Story & Nine Poems

By James Purdy

Sheet Music

Eight Songs

Composer(s): Richard Hundley

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Four Songs

Composer(s): Richard Hundley

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