Opptaket er fra Interlochen Academy Choir Festival 2011
The Last Invocation
At the last, tenderly,
From the walls of the powerful, fortress’d house,
From the clasp of the knitted locks —
from the keep of the well-closed doors,
Let me be wafted.
Let me glide noiselessly forth;
With the key of softness unlock the locks — with a whisper,
Set ope the doors, O Soul!
Tenderly! be not impatient!
(Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh!
Strong is your hold, O Love.)
The Unknown Region
Darest thou now O Soul,
Walk out with me toward the Unknown Region,
Where neither ground is for the feet
nor any path to follow?
No map there, nor guide,
Nor voice sounding, nor touch of human hand,
Nor face with blooming flesh,
nor lips, nor eyes, are in that land.
I know it not O Soul;
Nor dost thou — all is a blank before us;
All waits, undream’d of, in that region,
[that inaccessible land]
To All, To Each
Come lovely and soothing death,
Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving,
In the day, in the night, to all, to each,
Sooner or later, delicate death.