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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