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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.

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The Text

From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and 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 of 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 to men and women
You have done such good to me I would do the same to you,
You have done such good to me I would do the same to you,
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

Duration

4.5 minutes

Year of Composition

2022

Licensing

Boosey & Hawkes

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