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Day Is Done, The
Composed by Jean Belmont Ford
Series Editor: Simon Carrington
Voicing: SATB a cappella
Catalog number: AMP 0798
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
adapted from the poem by the same title
The day is done, and darkness
Falls from the wings of Night.
Come, read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.
Come read to me
From some humble poet,
Who heard in his soul the music
Of wonderful melodies.
Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
That follows after prayer.
Then read from the treasured volume
The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme
The beauty of thy voice.
And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents,
And silently steal away.
I have admired Jean Belmont Ford's compositions ever since I heard the Kansas City Chorale's recording of her Nativitas Christmas cycle soon after my arrival in the U.S. I performed a movement from Nativitas at my first Holiday Vespers at the University of Kansas and have subsequently conducted a number of her pieces including her beautiful “Sky Loom” with the Texas All State Choir and cello soloist.
performance by Simon Carrington Chamber Singers
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