Boy at the window (Huub de Lange)
- Editor: Huub de Lange (submitted 2007-02-25). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 94 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
First published: 2007
Description: composition on a poem by Richard Wilbur. Song #1 of Four Wilbur Songs.
Original text and translations
Boy at the Window
Seeing the snowman standing all alone
In dusk and cold is more than he can bear.
The small boy weeps to hear the wind prepare
A night of gnashings and enormous moan.
His tearful sight can hardly reach to where
The pale-faced figure with bitumen eyes
Returns him such a God-forsaken stare
As outcast Adam gave to paradise.
The man of snow is, nonetheless, content,
Having no wish to go inside and die.
Still, he is moved to see the youngster cry.
Though frozen water is his element,
He melts enough to drop from one soft eye
A trickle of the purest rain, a tear
For the child at the bright pane surrounded by
Such warmth, such light, such love, and so much fear.