I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day

I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day2017-03-10T18:16:50+00:00

Project Description

SATB
1974, rev 2004
7 min.

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1974 – revised 2004

Program Note

The poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins (English, 19th century) is often a dense and pressure-filled cry of the soul:

I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
What hours, O what black hours we have spent this night!

This choral rendering is a very passionate journey through the emotional landscape of a dark night. Rhythms are very flexible, following the contours of Hopkins’ impassioned speech.

Text

I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
What hours, O what black hours we have spent
This night! what sights you, heart, saw; ways you went!
An more must, in yet longer light’s delay.
With witness I speak this. But where I say
Hours I mean years, mean life. And my lament
Is cries countless, cries like dead letters sent
To dearest him that lives alas! away.

I am gall, I am heartburn. God’s most deep decree
Bitter would have me taste: my taste was me;
Bones built in me, flesh filled, blood brimmed in curse.
Selfyeast of spirit a dull dough sours. I see
The lost are like this, and their scourge to be
As I am mine, their sweating selves; but worse.

Further Reading

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