I Saw Eternity


"I Saw Eternity" is the ninth song in Bolcom's cycle I Will Breathe a Mountain, which sets the poetry of several American women poets. The cycle is for mezzo-soprano and piano.

I Saw Eternity

I Saw Eternity
by Louise Bogan

O beautiful Forever!
O grandiose Everlasting!
Now, now, now,
I break you into pieces,
I feed you to the ground.
O brilliant, O languishing
Cycle of weeping light!
The mice and birds will eat you
And you will spoil their stomachs
As you have spoiled my mind.
Here, mice, rats,
Porcupines and toads,
Moles, shrews, squirrels,
Weasels, turtles, lizards,--
Here's a bright Everlasting!
Here's a crumb of Forever!
Here's a crumb of Forever!

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