Longfellow’s “Daybreak”

Longfellow’s “Daybreak”

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Daybreak” swept me off my feet when I first discovered it. What a joyful poem!

With my choral adaptation, my wish is to capture the energy of the wind as it comes “up out of the sea” and bursts with joy. Contrasting middle sections create a continuous journey as the wind blows through the town, breathing fresh life into the coming day.

I hope “Daybreak” will put smiles on the faces of your choir and audience alike.
  • TRANSITION: UPCOMING JOY, NEW JOY
  • SATB divisi
  • Ranges S1:Eb4-F5;  S2:C4-F5;  A1 and A2:Bb3-D5
  • Ranges T1:Eb3-G4; T2:Eb3-F4; B1:F2-Eb4; B2:F2-Eb4
  • A Cappella
  • Total duration: ca 2:20
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Published by MB Arts (ASCAP)
© 2010 Michael Bussewitz-Quarm

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Daybreak

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A wind came up out of the sea,
And said, O mists, make room for me.
It hailed the ships, and cried, Sail on,
Ye mariners, the night is gone.
And hurried landward far away,
Crying, Awake! it is the day.
It said unto the forest, Shout!
Hang all your leafy banners out!
It touched the wood-bird’s folded wing,
And said, O bird, awake and sing.
And o’er the farms, O chanticleer,
Your clarion blow; the day is near.
It whispered to the fields of corn,
Bow down, and hail the coming morn.
It shouted through the belfry-tower,
Awake, O bell! proclaim the hour.
It crossed the churchyard with a sigh,
And said, Not yet! in quiet lie.
Source:  Longfellow’s Poetical Works
Copyright 1893
Henry Frowde, London

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