October Song

Poet/Lyricist: 

Arthur Upson
The fourth movement of 'From the Valley of the Wheat', a five-movement song cycle of love, and the seasons of the Midwest based on poems by Minnesotan poet Arthur Upson. Upson's death at age 31 cut short a literary career filled with such promise that many contemporary critics predicted he would become one of the leading poets of his time.

Commissioned by: 

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

Premiere: 

Roy Heilman, tenor
Item Voicing Media Price
LK044-01 tenor and piano
$4.00

Text:

October Song

If this be October 'tis the maid I've sought so long!
I have traced her through the dying
Summer with a song;
I have seen her garments flying
Nights in June
Down the crimson West beneath the moon!

If this be October, then, this dark-eyed, ruddy maid,
With the amber in her tresses,
All in gold arrayed,
Let me sing yet while she dresses
The still woods
And the scarlet sumach solitudes!

Let me sing, nor think of gloom, the while she
crowns her brow
With the woodbine reddening
Round the yellow bough!
Nothing sorrowful or saddening
Brings she here,
Only ripe fulfilments of the year!