The beautiful changes (Huub de Lange)
- Editor: Huub de Lange (submitted 2007-11-28). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 150 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
First published: 2007
Description: Composition on a poem by Richard Wilbur. Song #3 of Four Wilbur Songs.
Original text and translations
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.