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!

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50 Collected Songs (high and low voice)

Composer(s): Ned Rorem

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