16. February 2018 · Comments Off on Sonnet of the Night · Categories: Listen

Morten Lauridsen: Soneto de la Noche
Pablo Nerudo, poet
Cor Cantiamo; Dr. Eric Johnson, Conductor

(Morten Lauridsen is sitting at the piano….)

Here is the translation:

When I die I want your hands on my eyes:
I want the light and the wheat of your beloved hands
to pass their freshness over me one more time
to feel the smoothness that changed my destiny.

I want you to live while I wait for you, asleep,
I want for your ears to go on hearing the wind,
for you to smell the sea that we loved together
and for you to go on walking the sand where we walked.

I want for what I love to go on living
and as for you I loved you and sang you above everything,
for that, go on flowering, flowery one,

so that you reach all that my love orders for you,
so that my shadow passes through your hair,
so that they know by this the reason for my song.

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