Only In Sleep

Ēriks Ešenvalds’ setting of Sara Teasdale’s nostalgic poem, “Only In Sleep” was recently recorded by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge under the direction of Stephen Layton. The result is simply stunning.

Only in sleep I see their faces,
Children I played with when I was a child,
Louise comes back with her brown hair braided,
Annie with ringlets warm and wild.

Only in sleep Time is forgotten—
What may have come to them, who can know?
Yet we played last night as long ago,
And the dollhouse stood at the turn of the stair.

The years had not sharpened their smooth round faces,
I met their eyes and found them mild—
Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder,
And for them am I too a child?

Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)


3 thoughts on “Only In Sleep

  1. Stunning! Another composer from the Baltic seas area that brings much to the choral scene! Thanks for introducing us to these. Of course, the choir isn’t bad either…LOL.

    • When I lived in Lithuania, the greatest surprise was finding an incredible history of choral singing throughout the Baltics. It’s so great to see it continue.

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