Three Songs on Poems of e e cummings, 1955, Elizabeth Wrancher

Elisabeth Wrancher, soprano; Charles H. Webb, piano

 
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Three poems by e e cummings

1. for also then’s until  3:44

now all the fingers of this tree(darling)have

by e e cummings

now all the fingers of this tree(darling)have

hands, and all the hands have people; and

more each particular person is(my love)

alive than every world can understand

and now you are and i am now and we’re

a mystery which will never happen again,

a miracle which as never happened before-

and shining this our now must come to then

our then shall be some darkness during which

fingers are without hands; and i have no

you: and all trees are(any more than each

leafless)its silent in forevering snow

–but never fear(my own my beautiful

my blossoming) for also then’s until

[song ends here.  Poem continues…]

luminous tendril of celestial wish

luminous tendril of celestial wish

(whying diminutive bright deathlessness

to these my not themselves believing eyes

adventuring, enormous nowhere from)

querying affirmation; virginal

immediacy of precision; more

and perfectly more most ethereal

silence through twilight’s mystery made flesh-

dreamslender exquisite white firstful flame

–new moon! as(by the miracle of your

sweet innocence refuted)clumsy some

dull cowardice called a world vanishes,

teach disappearing also me the keen

illimitable secret of begin

2. love is a place 1:00

love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of
yes live

(skillfully curled)

all worlds

3. chansons innocentes ii  1:16

Chansons Innocentes ii
– hist whist

hist

little ghostthings

tip-toe

twinkle-toe

little itchy

witches and tingling

goblins

hob-a-nob hob-a-nob

little hoppy happy

toad in tweeds

tweeds

little itchy mousies

with scuttling

eyes rustle and run and

hidehidehide

whisk

whisk look out for the old woman

with the wart on her nose

what she’ll do to yer

nobody knows

for she knows the devil ooch

the devil ouch

the devil

ach the great

green

dancing

devil

devil

devil

devil

wheeEEE

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