Vigil

(2011)

"Vigil" is the first song in Steven Mark Kohn's song cycle Lullabies and Dreams, which sets texts adapted from the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley.

Vigil
by James Whitcomb Riley


Close the book and dim the light,
I shall read no more tonight.
I know you are not sleepy, dear.
I will not go, sit by me here.
In the darkness and the silence of the watch I keep,
something in your presence so soothes me,
as when I first felt your hand touch my brow.
I’ve no other wish than you should fold your eyelids now.
Think not of sigh or tear,
as if God were sitting here.


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