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E. E. Cummings, with permission from Liveright Publishing Corporation.

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2010 Manhattan Choral Ensemble

1. a pretty a day
2. she being Brand new
3. may I feel
4. love is the every only god
5. up into the silence
6. spring / may
7. O the sun comes up
8. !hope


"a pretty a day," she being Brand," "may i feel said he," "love is the only every god,"
"up into the silence the green," "spring!may--," "O the sun comes up-up-up in the
opening," and "!hope" from COMPLETE POEMS: 1904-1962,
By E. E. Cummings edited by George J. Firmage, are used with the permission of
Liveright Publishing Corporation. Copyright (c) 1926, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1952, 1954,
1961, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1980, , 1989, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings
Trust. Copyright (c) 1978, 1985 by George James Firmage.

“love is the every only god” sets 8
poems by e. e. cummings for unaccompanied chamber choir SATB. As the title
indicates, these poems, in one way or another, are all about love.The
collection includes 2 of cummings’ best known poems, “a pretty a day”
and “she being brand new.” This latter poem seems on the surface to be
about starting up an old fashioned car with a crank. However, the
implications are obvious, and the humour is quite intentional, as is the
humour in several of the other poems. Written in 2008 for Canada’s Elmer
Iseler Singers, this set of choral songs won a prize in 2010 from New
York’s Manhattan Choral Ensemble.


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