Bright Rails

(1996)

"Bright Rails" is the first song of Libby Larsen's Margaret Songs, which set the text of Willa Cather.

Bright Rails
by Willa Cather


How smoothly the train runs beyond the Missouri;
even in my sleep I know when I have crossed the river.
They run like running water,
like youth running away...
They spin... along their bright rails singing and humming,
singing and humming, humming.
They run remembering.
They run rejoicing, as if they too were going home.
How smoothly the train runs beyond the Missouri.


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