Sing to Me


SATB chorus unaccompanied

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Sing to Me

SATB chorus unaccompanied
4′ duration
Text: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Premiere—2019, by Kantorei, Axel Theimer, cond. St. Paul, Minn.
11 pages


Sing to me! Something of sunlight and bloom,
I am so compassed with sorrow and gloom,
I am so sick with the world’s noise and strife,
Sing of the beauty and brightness of life—
Sing to me, sing to me!

Sing to me! Something that’s jubilant, glad!
I am so weary, my soul so sad.
All my earth riches are covered with rust,
All my bright dreams are but ashes and dust.
Sing to me, sing to me!

Sing me a song full of hope and of truth,
Brimming with all the sweet fancies of youth!
Say, though my sorrow I may not forget,
I have not quite done with happiness yet.
Sing to me, sing to me!

Lay your soft fingers just here, on my cheek;
Turn the light lower—there—no, do not speak,
But sing! My heart thrills at your beautiful voice;
Sing till I turn from my grief and rejoice.
Sing to me, sing to me! 

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Program Note

“Sing to Me” (2019) was commissioned by the Twin Cities-based chamber choir Kantorei in honor of its director and founder Axel Theimer. The poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, grew up on a farm east of Janesville, Wisconsin, the youngest of four children. Her most famous poem, “Solitude,” which opens with the lines “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; / Weep, and you weep alone,” was published in the The New York Sun in 1883. After marrying Robert Wilcox that year, Wheeler Wilcox became interested in theosophy. “Sing to Me” appeared in Poems of Reflection, published in 1905. Ella Wheeler Wilcox died of cancer on October 30, 1919 in Short Beach, Connecticut.


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