You Are the New Day

Lyrics by John David


You are the new day.
I will love you more than me and more than yesterday
If you can but prove to me, you are the new day.
Send the sun in time for dawn, let the birds all hail the morning.
Love of life will urge me say, you are the new day.


When I lay me down at night knowing we must pay.
Thoughts occur that this night might stay yesterday.
Thoughts that we as humans small could slow worlds and end it all
lie around me where they fall before the new day.


One more day when time is running out for everyone,
Like a breath I knew would come, I reach for a new day.
Hope is my philosophy, just needs days in which to be,
Love of life means hope for me, borne on a new day.



Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One

From Song of Solomon


Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away, for behold,
The winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.

The flowers appear upon the earth,
The time of the singing of birds is come,
Arise, my love, my fair one,
And come away.



A Red, Red Rose

Poem by Robert Burns


O, my love’s like a red, red rose.
That’s newly sprung in June.
O, my love’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.


As fair art thou, my bonnie lass.
So deep in love am I,
I will love thee still my dear,
Till all the seas gang dry.


I will love you still, my dear,
While the sands of life shall run.
Till the seas gang dry, my dear,
And rocks melt with the sun!


As fair art thou, my bonnie lass.
So deep in love am I,
I will come again, my love
Though it were ten thousand mile!
I will come again.



Hope, Faith, Life, Love

Lyrics by Eric Whitacre

Hope, faith, life, love
Dream, joy, truth, soul



Ubi Caritas

Text by Paulinus of Aquileia


Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.



Where charity and love are, God is there.
Love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice in Him and be glad.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love one.
Where charity and love are, God is there.



Abide with Me

Text by Henry Lyte


Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.


I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, oh, abide with me.


Oh Thou who changest not, abide with me.
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.



I Have Dreamed

Text by Oscar Hammerstein

I have dreamed that your arms are lovely.
I have dreamed what a joy you’ll be.
I have dreamed every word you whisper
When you’re close, close to me.


How you look in the glow of evening,
I have dreamed and enjoyed the view.
In these dreams I’ve loved you so
That by now I think I know
What it’s like to be loved by you.
I will love being loved by you.



If You Tend My Grave

Poem by Christopher Nye


You know better than to cling to me.
It would keep me from the journey I packed for on earth.
It would keep you, it would keep you moored,
It would keep you moored, when you need to lift an anchor.
But if you tend my grave,
There in the fall where dry leaves of the red oak gather
And headstones meet the shade-loving moss,
Hold the bird of my mem’ry
Not in a closed fist but in an open palm.


We know better that to cling to you.
It would keep you from the journey you packed for on earth.
It would keep us, it would keep us,
It would keep us moored, when we need to lift anchor.
But if we tend your grave,
There in the fall where dry leaves of the red oak gather
And headstones meet the shad-loving moss,
Hold the bird of my mem’ry
Not in a closed fist but in an open palm.


There is no danger we will forget each other.




Black is the Color of my True Love’s Hair

Unknown author



Black is the color of my true love’s hair
Her lips are something wondrous fair
The purest eyes and the daintiest hands
I love the grass on where she stands.


I love my love and well she knows
I love the grass on where she goes
If she on earth no more I’d see
My life would quickly fade away.



I Love You/What a Wonderful World

Lyrics by Larry Norman & Randy Stonehill/Robert Thiele & George David Weiss


We can be together now and forever;
I love you. And when I’m prayin’,
I hear him sayin’ “I love you.”


People all over the world,
They’re opening up,
They’re comin’ around
And they’re sayin’ “I love you.”

I see skies of blue
And clouds of white
Bright blessed day
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself
“What a wonderful world.”

The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying
“I love you”

I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow.
They’ll learn much more
Than I’ll ever know.
And I think to myself,
“What a wonderful world.”




Unknown Author


You ought to see my Cindy
She lives away down South,
She is so sweet, the honey bees,
Swarm around her mouth.


I wish I was an apple
A-hanging from a tree,
And every time my Cindy passed,
She’d take a bite of me.


The first time that I saw her
She was standing in the door,
Her shoes and stockings in her hand
Her little bare feet on the floor.


Oh, get along home Cindy, Cindy
Get along home,
Get along home Cindy, Cindy
I’ll marry you some day.

She told me that she loved me
She called me sugar plum
She throwed her arms around me
And I thought my time had come.


Cindy went to preachin’
She shouted all around
She got so full o’ glory
She knocked that preacher down.


She took me to her parlor
She cooled me with her fan
She told me I’z the purtiest thing
In the shape of mortal man.


Cindy got religion
She had it once before,
But when she heard the banjo,
She ‘uz the first one on the floor.



If Music Be the Food of Love

Text by Henry Heveningham


If music be the food of love,
Sing on till I am filled with joy;
For then my list’ning soul
You move to pleasures that can never cloy.
Your eyes, your mien, your tongue declare
That you are music ev’rywhere.

Pleasures invade both eye and ear,
So fierce the transports are, they wound,
And all my senses feasted are,
Tho’ yet the treat is only sound.
Sure I must perish by your charms,
Unless you save me in your arms.



Lauridsen Nocturnes


Sa Nuit d’Ete

Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke


Si je pourrais avec mes mains brûlantes
Fondre ton corps autour ton coeur d′amante,
Ah que la nuit deviendrait transparente
Le prenant pour un astre attardé
Qui toujours dès le premier temps des mondes
était perdu et qui commence sa ronde
En tâtonnant de sa lumière blonde
Sa première nuit, sa nuit, sa nuit d’été.




If, with my burning hands, I could melt
The body surrounding your lover’s heart,
Ah! how the night would become translucent,
Taking it for a late star,
Which, from the first moments of the world,
Was forever lost, and which begins its course
With its blonde light, trying to reach out towards
Its first night, its night, its summer night.



Soneto de la Noche

Poem by Pablo Neruda


Cuando yo muera quiero tus manos en mis ojos:
quiero la luz y el trigo de tus manos amadas
pasar una vez más sobre mí su frescura:
sentir la suavidad que cambió mi destino.


Quiero que vivas mientras yo, dormido, te espero,
quiero que tus oídos sigan oyendo el viento,
que huelas el aroma del mar que amamos juntos
y que sigas pisando la arena que pisamos.


Quiero que lo que amo siga vivo
y a ti te amé y canté sobre todas las cosas,
por eso sigue tú floreciendo, florida,


para que alcances todo lo que mi amor te ordena,
para que se pasee mi sombra por tu pelo,
para que así conozcan la razón de mi canto.



Sonnet of the Night

When I die, I want your hands on my eyes:
I want the light and the wheat of your beloved hands
To pass their freshness over me one more time
To feel the smoothness that changed my destiny.


I want you to live while I wait for you, asleep,
I want for your ears to go on hearing the wind,
For you to smell the sea that we loved together
And for you to go on walking the sand where we walked.


I want for what I love to go on living
And as for you I loved you and sang you above everything,
For that, go on flowering, flowery one,


So that you reach all that my love orders for you,
So that my shadow passes through your hair,
So that they know by this the reason for my song.



Sure On This Shining Night

Poem by James Agee


Sure on this shining night
Of star-made shadows round
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health
High summer holds the earth
Hearts all whole.

Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder,
Wandering far alone
Of shadows on the stars.



Epilogue: Voici Le Soir

Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke


Voici le soir;
pendant tout un jour encore je vous ai beaucoup aimées,
collines émues.


C’est beau de voir,
Mais: de sentir à la doublure des paupières fermées
la douceur d’avoir vu …



Epilogue: Night Has Come

Night has come:
For one whole day again I’ve loved you so much,
Stirring hills.


It’s beautiful to see.
But: to feel in the lining of closed eyelids
The sweetness of having seen…



She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain

Unknown author


She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes
She’ll be driving six white horses when she comes
And we’ll all go to meet her when she comes
We’ll be singing “Hallelujah” when she comes.



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