"Sound Sleep" is the first song of Simon Sargon's song cycle Bitter For Sweet, which sets six poems of Christina Rossetti.
Sheet music for Mr. Sargon's songs is available directly through the composer by contacting the following address: [email protected].
The audio selection in the player to the right features Eric Halfvarson, bass, and Simon Sargon, piano. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.
by Christina Rossetti
Some are laughing, some are weeping;
She is sleeping, only sleeping.
Round her rest wild flowers are creeping;
There the wind is heaping, heaping
Sweetest sweets of Summer's keeping,
By the corn fields ripe for reaping.
There are lilies, and there blushes
The deep rose, and there the thrushes
Sing till latest sunlight flushes
In the west; a fresh wind brushes
Through the leaves while evening hushes.
There by day the lark is singing
And the grass and weeds are springing;
There by night the bat is winging;
There for ever winds are bringing
Far-off chimes of church-bells ringing.
Night and morning, noon and even,
Their sound fills her dreams with Heaven:
The long strife at length is striven:
Till her grave-bands shall be riven
Such is the good portion given
To her soul at rest and shriven.