Something There is Immortal

SSATBB a cappella

This setting of Walt Whitman's poem "On the Beach at Night" is a wonderful concert piece for an advanced high school, college, or community chorus. Gorgeous melodies abound and each phrase of text is expertly set.


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Something There is Immortal
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Commissioned By: 
Free State High School Chamber Choir, Lawrence, KS
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Free State High School Chamber Choir
Premiere Conductor: 
Hilary Morton
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Free State High School, Lawrence, KS
VocalEssence, Minneapolis, MN

Text Author or Source: 
Walt Whitman
English, Latin

On the beach at night,
Stands a child with her father,
Watching the east, the autumn sky.

Up through the darkness,
While ravening clouds, the burial clouds, in black masses spreading,
Lower sullen and fast athwart and down the sky.

From the beach the child holding the hand of her father,
Those burial clouds that lower victorious soon to devour all,
Watching, silently weeps.

Weep not, child,
Weep not, my darling,
With these kisses let me remove your tears,

The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious,
They shall not long possess the sky, they devour the stars
only in apparition,
Jupiter shall emerge, be patient, watch again another
night, the Pleiades shall emerge,
They are immortal, all those stars both silvery and golden
shall shine out again,
The great stars and the little ones shall shine out again,
they endure,
The vast immortal suns and the long-enduring pensive moons
shall again shine.

Something there is,
Something there is more immortal even than the stars,
Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter,
Longer than sun or any revolving satellite,

Or the radiant sisters the Pleiades.
Something there is,
Something immortal.