The beautiful changes (Huub de Lange)

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Editor: Huub de Lange (submitted 2007-11-28).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 150 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Beautiful Changes
Composer: Huub de Lange
Lyricist: Richard Wilbur

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2007

Description: Composition on a poem by Richard Wilbur. Song #3 of Four Wilbur Songs.

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Original text and translations

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The Beautiful changes

One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides
The Queen Anne's Lace lying like lilies
On water; it glides
So from the walker, it turns
Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of you
Valleys my mind in fabulous blue Lucernes.

The beautiful changes as a forest is changed
By a chameleon's tuning his skin to it;
As a mantis, arranged
On a green leaf, grows
Into it, makes the leaf leafier, and proves
Any greenness is greener than anyone knows.

Your hands hold roses always in a way that says
They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
In such kind ways,
Wishing ever to sunder
Things and Thing's selves for a second finding, to lose
For a moment all that it touches back to wonder.