Gently little boat
Igor Stravinsky The Rake's Progress 'Gently, little boat'
Singer: Dawn Upshaw
Zaltzburg Festival (1996)
CON : Sylvain Cambreling
DIR : Peter Mussabach
SOP : Dawn Upshaw
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Gently, little boat
across the ocean float,
the crystal waves dividing.
The sun in the west
is going to rest.
Glide toward the islands of the blessed.
What voice is this?
What heavenly strains
bring solace to tormented brains?
Orchards greenly grace
that undisturbed place.
The weary soul recalling
to slumber and dream,
while many a stream
falls descanting on a child-like theme.
Oh sacred music of the spheres!
Where are our rages and our fears?
Lion, lamb, and deer,
untouched by greed or fear
about the woods are straying.
And quietly now the blossoming bough
sway above the fair, unclouded brow.
Sing on! Forever sing!
Release our frantic souls and bring us peace.
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