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There Will Come

Soft Rain


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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

Program Notes

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

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