A Summer Night

"A Summer Night" is the fifth song of Stephen Paulus' song cycle A Heartland Portrait: Five Songs for Baritone and Piano, which sets the poetry of Ted Kooser.

The sheet music is self-published and available through the composer's website.

Date: 2006Composer: Stephen PaulusText: Ted KooserSong Collection: A Heartland Portrait

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A Summer Night
by Ted Kooser

At the end of the street
a porch light is burning,
showing the way.

How simple, how perfect it seems:
How simple. how perfect it seems:
the darkness the white house like a passage
through summer and into a snowfield.

Night after night,
the lamp comes on,
comes on at dusk,
the end of the street
stands open and white,
an old woman sits there
tending the lonely gate.

How simple, how perfect it seems.

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