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The Housatonic at Stockbridge


Performance Music: Charles Ives
Text: Robert Underwood Johnson
Composed 1921
Published originally in 114 Songs,
1921 (self-published)
Available in
114 Songs by Charles E. Ives
Peer/Southern/Presser © 1954

Performed by Thomas Hampson & John Browning




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The Housatonic at Stockbridge

Contented river in thy dreamy realm
The cloudy willow and the plumy elm:
Thou beautiful! from ev'ry dreamy hill
What eye but wanders with thee at thy will.

Contented river! And yet overshy
To mask thy beauty from the eager eye;
Hast thou a thought to hide from field and town?
In some deep current of the sunlit brown.

Ah! there's a restive ripple,
And kind the swift red leaves
September's firstlings faster drift;
Wouldst thou away, dear stream?

Come, whisper near!
I also of much resting have a fear;
Let me tomorrow thy companion be,
By fall and shallow to the adventurous sea!


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