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Child Listen

A setting of Quechua and Crow poetry in translations to English by W.S. Merwin.

Instrumentation: SATB

Duration: 5 min.


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Commissioned and premiered by the Dale Warland Singers at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on National Public Radio (1991)


Text:

Prayer (Quechua)

Come closer truth from above us
truth from below us

who made the form of the world

you
who let it all exist

who alone made humans

ten times with eyes full of darkness

I must worship you

saying Brightness

stretched out before you

look at me

lord
notice me

and your rivers your waterfalls
your birds

give me your
life

all you can

help me to call
with your voices

even now we taste

the joy of your will
and we remember it all
we are happy

even so we are filled

as we go away
as we go


Child Listen (Crow)

Child Listen

I am singing

with my ear on the ground

and we love you

Translation by W. S. Merwin, 1975
Selected Translations
Atheneum
Reprinted by permission.


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