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All Seems Beautiful To Me

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Note from Composer

All Seems Beautiful To Me was commissioned by The United States Air Force Band, Colonel Don Schofield, Commander and Conductor.

The Text

From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of imaginary lines
Going where I list, my own master total and absolute.
Listening to others, considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,

gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself from the holds that would hold me.
I inhale great draughts of space.
The East and the West are mine, and the North and the South are mine.

I am larger, better than I thought,
I did not know I held so much goodness.

All seems beautiful to me,
I can repeat over and over to men and women
You have done such good to me, I would do the same to you,
I will recruit for myself and you as I go,
I will scatter myself among men and women as I go,
I will toss a new gladness and roughness among them,
Whoever denies me it shall not trouble me,
Whoever accepts me he or she shall be blessed and shall bless me.

Walt Whitman, b. 1819


5 minutes

Year of Composition



Boosey & Hawkes


US: Hal Leonard
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