Night Song

"Night Song" is the fourth song of H. Leslie Adams' song cycle Nightsongs: Six Afro-American Songs. The song sets the poem "Interim" by Clarissa Scott Delany.

Date: 1961Composer: H. Leslie AdamsText: Clarissa Scott DelanySong Collection: Nightsongs

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by Clarissa Scott Delany

The night was made for rest and sleep,
For winds that softly sigh;
It was not made for grief and tears;
So then why do I cry?
The wind that blows through leafy trees
Is soft and warm and sweet;
For me the night is a gracious cloak
To hide my soul’s defeat.
Just one dark hour of shaken depths,
Of bitter black despair-
Another day will find me brave,

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