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NightChants: Sanskrit Settings

Lullaby (soprano solo)

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Love Poems (ensemble)

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Score Sample


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Lullaby

Adyapi hi nrsamsaysa pitus te divaso gatah
tamasa pihitah pantha ehi putraka sevahe

Again today
your cruel father has not come
child the day is over
darkness has swallowed the path
Let us sleep.

Love Poems

1.
jai kevaim pavisu piu akia kuddu karisu
paniu navai saravi jivam savvangem paisisu

When he comes back
to my arms

I'll make him feel
what nobody ever felt

everywhere
me vanishing into him

like water into the clay of a new jar

2.
Love also in love twilight
at the hands of moon
her lover

stars her eyes wide at his touch

oh

happily she abandons
dress and sky

3.
In the hollow of their deep navels

that water
that was splashed

the women with unsteady eyes

by the water that rose
out of the waves

of the kuha kuha the noise
that it made

the wives of the gods

were reminded
of the sound in their own throats
when making love

translated by W.S. Merwin
The Peacock's Egg
Northpoint Press, 1981
Permission granted

 


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