Gather the Stars - Advanced
Commissioned by the Gondwana Choirs for the Festival of Summer Voices, 2018. Its lyrics are drawn from "Stars, Songs, Faces" by American poet Carl Sandberg, and it reflects the poem's themes of optimism, love, and impermanence.
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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967)
Stars, Songs, Faces
Gather the stars if you wish it so.
Gather the songs and keep them.
Gather the faces of women.
Gather for keeping years and years.
And then …
Loosen your hands, let go and say good-by.
Let the stars and songs go.
Let the faces and years go.
Loosen your hands and say good-by.