God’s World

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Choral setting of
Edna St. Vincent Millay,
a cappella, SATB
Kiera Duffy, soprano solo
Commissioned and performed by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble,
Thomas Cunningham, Music Director

A mysterious spiritual meditation using all the resources of the choir with the additional dramatic power of soprano solo.


O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!
Thy winds, thy wide grey skies!
Thy mists, that roll and rise!
Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag
And all but cry with colour!  That gaunt crag
To crush!  To lift the lean of that black bluff!
World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!

Long have I known a glory in it all,
But never knew I this:
Here such a passion is
As stretcheth me apart, - Lord, I do fear
Thou’st made the world too beautiful this year;
My soul is all but out of me, - let fall
No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call.