The Starry Vaults of Night

 

 

 

 

Adagio teneremente 

 

 

Per Cristo Gesu 

 

 

 

 

Angel choirs, bend down the starry vaults

Of night, come down, and consecrate

This too brief hour with Heaven’s music,

Healing balm of unbearable delight,

 

 

  

 

 

O Song made flesh, from the firmament  

 

 

Bend down to Sing me, my very song 

 

 

My plight, plight me Lord past my soul’s

 

 

Poverty, so I may sing with You this life,

 

 

  

 

 

For if I this venture fail, then never  

 

 

Did I live or love, and yet You live, by 

 

 

Singing, so I dare a short duet with You, 

 

 

I must sing Your music of the night,

 

 

  

 

 

Hide Your beauty, scintillating bright, 

 

 

In stars’ eternal light, hide me too, 

 

 

That I may not obscure Your creation’s

 

 

Brilliant daybreak, Your stars’ white,

 

 

 

 

Allargando

 

 

 

Bursting brightness, sparkling sapphire 

 

 

Seas, meadows glistening at dawn, woods 

 

 

With red cedars strewn, which incense 

 

 

Your Sabbath day, here let fall no burning

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaf, let no bird call, with fog muffle  

 

 

The mountains’ luster of emerald, 

 

 

Blue, and gold, lest I my poor song 

 

 

Fail before their greater melody,

 

 

  

 

 

But let me only with music be, the ballad 

 

 

Of all my days with Your desires, and I 

 

 

Am more than halfway home to Your 

 

 

Invisible throne, where Music Absolute

 

 

  

 

 

Forever Fountains, where seraphim

Never cease, before God, to chant

Glory to Your Name, there inebriate 

 

 

My soul invisible, so my pain be

 

 

  

 

 

Redeemed by Ever Irresistible Song.

 

 

 

 

  

 

In Honor of Edna St. Vincent  Millay 

 

 

1892 - 1950

 

 

  

 

 

For Mary Gerlitz

Musician Extraodinaire

 

 

  

 

 

Christmas  

 

 

December 25, 2005

Valyermo and Sun Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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