The Country Wife

"The Country Wife" sets a poem of Dana Gioia and was premiered at the Hellas Festival in New York City.
"The Country Wife" was published in Gioia's volume Daily Horoscope in 1986.

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Date: 1994Composer: Alva HendersonText: Dana Gioia

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The Country Wife
by Dana Gioia

She makes her way through the dark trees
Down to the lake to be alone.
Following their voices on the breeze,
She makes her way. Through the dark trees
The distant stars are all she sees.
They cannot light the way she’s gone.
She makes her way through the dark trees
Down to the lake to be alone.

The night reflected on the lake,
The fire of stars changed into water.
She cannot see the winds that break
The night reflected on the lake
But knows they motion for her sake.
These are the choices they have brought her:
The night reflected on the lake,
The fire of stars changed into water.

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Daily Horoscope

By Dana Gioia

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