Monday, December 22, 2008

O Star!

I have placed a music player in my blog this week and will have it there until Christmas so visitors can enjoy a little music while they read.

The first selection on the player list is titled "Alleluia" by Randall Thompson (which happens to be my very favorite song), but that information from playlist is incorrect. It is actually titled "Choose Something Like a Star". Thompson wrote this piece using Robert Frost's poetry. I think it's beautiful, but I had a little trouble understanding the words as sung by the choir. I've posted the words below because I think this is such an outstanding and poignant blending of music and poetry that I'd love to share it!

When I hear music and read poetry like this, my soul recognizes the Hand of the Creator...nothing this lovely and heart-touching could just happen from primordial soup.

Enjoy the music and the poetry!

Choose Something Like a Star

by Robert Frost - 1947

O Star (the fairest one in sight),
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud --
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.
Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to be wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.

Say something to us we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says "I burn."
But say with what degree of heat.
Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.
Use language we can comprehend.
Tell us what elements you blend.

It gives us strangely little aid,
But does tell something in the end.
And steadfast as Keats' Eremite,
Not even stooping from its sphere,
It asks a little of us here.
It asks of us a certain height,
So when at times the mob is swayed
To carry praise or blame too far,
We may choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid.

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