I am in need of music...

"I am in need of music...," composed by Alva Henderson, sets the text of Elizabeth Bishop originally titled "Sonnet."
Bishop's poem "Sonnet" was written in 1928.

Date: 2009Composer: Alva HendersonText: Elizabeth Bishop

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by Elizabeth Bishop

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling finger-tips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

–Elizabeth Bishop: The Complete Poems 1927-1979, p. 214




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