The Children's Hour


In this song, Ives only sets the first three stanzas of Longfellow's 10-stanza poem "The Children's Hour."


The first audio recording of "The Children's Hour," provided in the audio player to the right, features Rayanne Dupuis, soprano, and Antoine Palloc, piano. This song is from the album The Side Show: Songs of Charles Ives, and are available thanks to the generosity of the performers. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

Between the Dark and the Daylight (excerpt)
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the days occupations,
That is known as Children's Hour.

I hear in the chamber above me
the patter of little feet
The sound of a door that is opened
and voices soft and sweet.

From my study I see in the lamplight
Descending the broad hall stair,
Grave Alice and laughing Allegra
and Edith with golden hair.

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