Boy at the window (Huub de Lange)

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Editor: Huub de Lange (submitted 2007-02-25).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Boy at the window
Composer: Huub de Lange
Lyricist: Richard Wilbur

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 2007

Description: composition on a poem by Richard Wilbur. Song #1 of Four Wilbur Songs.

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Original text and translations

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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.

Richard Wilbur