Sing with the Lark

Composed by Laura Farnell
Voicing: SATB
Instrumentation: piano and optional flute
Catalog number: AMP 0914
Price: $2.10

“Sing with the Lark” is based on a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar (1872–1906), the son of two escaped slaves, became one of our first nationally–accepted African-American authors through his poetry, novels and plays.

His poem, “With the Lark”, is the source of the text of this piece. The lark is a bird that is known for its elaborate songs and is, therefore, frequently referenced in literature and music. Here, “sing with the lark” refers to hope for a brighter future, even in the midst of the dark and stormy seasons of life.


With the Lark

Night is for sorrow and dawn is for joy,
Chasing the troubles that fret and annoy;
Darkness for sighing and daylight for song,
Cheery and chaste the strain, heartfelt and strong.
All the night through, though I moan in the dark,
I wake in the morning to sing with the lark.

Deep in the midnight the rain whips the leaves,
Softly and sadly the wood–spirit grieves.
But when the first hue of dawn tints the sky,
I shall shake out my wings like the birds and be dry;
And though, like the rain–drops, I grieved through the dark,
I shall wake in the morning to sing with the lark.

On the high hills of heaven, some morning to be,
Where the rain shall not grieve thro' the leaves of the tree,
There my heart will be glad for the pain I have known
For my hand will be clasped in the hand of mine own;
And though life has been hard and death's pathway been dark,
I shall wake in the morning to sing with the lark.

recording performed by the 2013 Mississippi MEA Junior High All–State Honor Choir
Laura Farnell, conductor

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