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Summer Lilies ... A Poem by Mary Oliver (2000) for mezzo-soprano and piano

By Thomas Oboe Lee

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Piano, Voice - Advanced Intermediate
Composed by Thomas Oboe Lee. 21st Century, 20th Century, Romantic Period, Classical Period, Jazz. Score. 8 pages. Published by Thomas Oboe Lee (S0.14218).

Item Number: S0.14218

Summer Lilies ... A Poem by Mary OliverThomas Oboe LeeCambridge, MassachusettsMarch 13, 2000Commissioned by Peter Papesch for his wife, Barbara.Every morningthe worldis created.Under the orangesticks of the sunthe heapedashes of the nightturn into leaves againand fasten themselves to the high branches --and the ponds appearlike black clothon which are painted islandsof summer lilies.If it is your natureto be happyyou will swim away along the soft trailsfor hours, your imaginationalighting everywhere.And if your spiritcarries within itthe thornthat is heavier than lead--if it's all you can doto keep on trudging--there is stillsomewhere deep within youa beast shouting that the earthis exactly what it wanted--each pond with its blazing liliesis a prayer heard and answeredlavishly,every morning,whether or notyou have ever dared to be happywhether or notyou have ever dared to pray.Copyright © 1986 by Mary Oliver.

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