The Last Invocation(1919)
"The Last Invocation" is the third song of James Hotchkiss Rogers' song cycle In Memoriam.
The full six-song cycle is published by Recital Publications (Huntsville, Texas). Four songs of the cycle (the four Walt Whitman songs) are also published by Classical Vocal Reprints.
The Last Invocation
by Walt Whitman
At the last, tenderly,
From the walls of the powerful, fortress'd house,
From the clasp of the knitted locks --
from the keep of the well-closed doors,
Let me be wafted.
Let me glide noiselessly forth;
With the key of softness unlock the locks -- with a whisper,
Set open the doors, O Soul!
Tenderly! be not impatient!
(Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh!
Strong is your hold, O Love.)