There Will Come
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Text by Sara Teasdale
There Will Come Soft Rain
There will come soft rain and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,
Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.
Performed by Grinnell Singers, directed by John Rommereim
In 1920, just after WWI, Sara Teasdale published There Will Come Soft Rain, describing Nature's indifference at mankind's destruction of itself. This had echoes after WWII with thoughts of nuclear destruction, and is relevant again today with the threat of climate change. My setting seeks to express the joy, melancholy, and yearning of the text.
Premiered by Grinnell Singers, directed by John Rommereim
Sebring-Lewis Hall, Grinnell IA, 2011