Gubbinal

(1983)

"Gubbinal" is the second song in Lee Hoiby's song cycle O Florida of 1983. The cycle is for voice and piano.

Gubbinal
by Wallace Stevens


That strange flower, the sun,
Is just what you say.
Have it your way.


The world is ugly,
And the people are sad.


That tuft of jungle feathers,
That animal eye,
Is just what you say.


That savage of fire,
That seed,
Have it your way.


The world is ugly,
And the people are sad.


--Wallace Stevens: The Collected Poems, p. 85


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