WILL YOU FARE ON, MY SONG?

by Sheldon Rose

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featuring the National Youth Choir of Canada – at PODIUM 1918
The first place winner of the Choral Canada competition – this piece sings itself with intuitive phrases and sweet spot registers. Marjorie Pickthall’s poignant poem asks “Will my words and music live on? Will my life on earth be remembered for anything after I’m gone?” Sheldon’s melodies and lush harmonies provide a wonderful marriage with the text.

LYRICS

Will you fare on, my song, when I write Finish,
Climb the last slope and sight the utmost foam,
Into the world where all our dreams diminish,
Like specters without a home?

Will you pass on, my song, and lightly clinging
To some chance heart, some half remembering tongue,
Share the one dust with all that died singing,
With all that died unsung?

Heat of my heat and clay my clay inherit,
Winged with my morning and clogged and mired with me,
Never a bird falls for a singing spirit
Is silent at God’s knee.

Perhaps some unborn reader lingering under
Boughs yet ungrown, may question with what tears,
What stumbling singer made you, for whom wonder
In what forgotten years.

Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)
poem adapted slightly

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