The Call of Spring
SSAA -or- SATB
Text by Amy Lowell
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Monadnock in Early Spring
Cloud-topped and splendid, dominating all
The little lesser hills which compass thee,
Thou standest, bright with April’s buoyancy,
Yet holding Winter in some shaded wall
Of stern, steep rock; and startled by the call
Of Spring, thy trees flush with expectancy
And cast a cloud of crimson, silently,
Above thy snowy crevices where fall
Pale shrivelled oak leaves, while the snow beneath
Melts at their phantom touch. Another year
Is quick with import. Such each year has been.
Unmoved thou watchest all, and all bequeath
Some jewel to thy diadem of power,
Thou pledge of greater majesty unseen.
SATB version Performed by Aliro Voices, directed by Kurt Hattenberger
SSAA version premiered by Songbird Choir
Directed by Anika Kildegaard
Episcopal Homes, St. Paul MN, 2016
SATB version premiered by Tactus
Concordia College, Moorhead MN, 2018
The text is by American poet Amy Lowell, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926. The natural imagery brings to mind ideas of seasons and cycles of nature, and goes on to evoke ideas of memory, introversion and extraversion, and what we hold inside ourselves versus what we share with others.