Day

 

 

Day - (2010)    

Paul Laurence Dunbar

for medium voice and piano


 

The gray dawn on the mountain top
Is slow to pass away.
Still lays him by in sluggish dreams,
The golden God of day.

And then a light along the hills,
Your laughter silvery gray;
The Sun God wakes, a bluebird trills,
You come and it is day.

[ 1 page, circa 1' 40" ]


Paul Laurence Dunbar

 

For other song settings of this American's work in both dialect and standard English, please see the index for Dunbar.

 

 

Texts sometimes suggest varying degrees of complexity in structure as well as vocal and an accompaniment's gestures, and sometimes utter simplicity. This is of the later, for the two hymn-like stanzas sing to me as a hymn.

 

 

 

 

The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano-vocal score.

 

Day