To Homer (John Kilpatrick)

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Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2003-10-12).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 161 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: To Homer
Composer: John Kilpatrick
Lyricist: John Keats

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2005

Description: Now published as part of Two Homer Sonnets (words by Keats)

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Original text and translations

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To Homer - John Keats
 Standing aloof in giant ignorance,
   Of thee I hear and of the Cyclades,
 As one who sits ashore and longs perchance
   To visit dolphin-coral in deep seas.
 So thou wast blind! – but then the veil was rent,
   For Jove uncurtain’d Heaven to let thee live,
 And Neptune made for thee a spumy tent,
   And Pan made sing for thee his forest-hive;
 Aye on the shores of darkness there is light,
   And precipices show untrodden green;
 There is a budding morrow in midnight;
   There is a triple sight in blindness keen;
 Such seeing hadst thou, as it once befel
 To Dian, Queen of Earth, and Heaven, and Hell.