The Lordly Hudson

"The Lordly Hudson" sets the text of Paul Goodman. The song was composed by Ned Rorem in 1947, and an orchestral version was composed in 2007.

Date: 1947Composer: Ned RoremText: Paul Goodman

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    The Lordly Hudson
    by Paul Goodman

    “Driver, what stream is it?”
    I asked, well knowing
    it was our lordly Hudson
    hardly flowing.

    “It is our lordly Hudson
    hardly flowing,” he said,
    “under the green-grown cliffs.”

    Be still, heart!
    No one needs
    your passionate suffrage
    to select this glory–
    this is our lordly Hudson
    hardly flowing
    under the green-grown cliffs.

    “Driver has this a peer
    in Europe or the East?”

    “No, no!” He said.
    Home! Home!
    Be quiet, heart!
    This is our lordly Hudson
    and has no peer
    in Europe or the East;
    this is our lordly Hudson
    hardly flowing
    under the green-grown cliffs
    and has no peer
    in Europe or the East;
    be quiet, heart!
    Home! Home!


    Sheet Music

    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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