Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal

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Composed by Paul Mealor
Text by Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)

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Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font:
The fire-fly wakens: waken thou with me.
Now droops the milk-white peacock like a ghost,
And like a ghost she glimmers on to me.
Now lies the earth all Danaë to the stars,
And all thy heart lies open unto me.
Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
A shining furrow, as thy thoughts in me.
Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake:
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou,
and slip Into my bosom and be lost in me.

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from Bright Shadows, released November 18, 2013

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Concanenda Cambridge, UK

Concanenda is a Cambridge, UK based chamber choir that aims to promote choral music and innovative cross-genre collaborations through digital media. The choir’s young singers are drawn from some of Cambridge University’s most highly regarded chapel choirs and directed by New Yorker Alexandra Schwinn. ... more

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