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ex Class 63, John Macdonald, A Naval, Military and Political Telegraphic Dictionary, Numerically Arranged on a Very Comprehensive Scale, and calculated to express… (Whitehall, 1817)
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1
DAREST thou now, O Soul,
Walk out with me toward the Unknown Region,
Where neither ground is for the feet, nor any path to follow?

2
No map, there, nor guide,
Nor voice sounding, nor touch of human hand,

Nor face with blooming flesh, nor lips, nor eyes, are in that land.

 
Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012 * **), Whispers from Heavenly Death, cantata per soprano acuto e 8 strumenti, su testo di Walt Whitman (1948).

Listen (and Whitman’s text) here.
 

28 October 2012
tags: Hans Werner Henze; neithers; Walt Whitman; John Macdonald