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Three American Lyrics     I.  II. III.
(total duration 6½')

I. The Freedom of the Moon

for Women's Chorus

duration 3'

Composed for: The New York Treble Singers,
Virginia Davidson, Conductor

World Premiere: 1987, New York

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New York Treble Singers,
Virginia Davidson, Conductor
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  I've tried the new moon tilted in the air
Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster
As you might try a jewel in your hair.
I've tried it fine with little breadth of luster,
Alone, or in one ornament combining
With one first-water star almost as shining.

I put it shining anywhere I please.
By walking slowly on some evening later
I've pulled it from a crate of crooked trees,
And brought it over glossy water, greater,
And dropped it in, and seen the image wallow,
The color run, all sorts of wonder follow

                                            Robert Frost