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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)

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?

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.

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