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Geoffrey Burgon

Publisher: Chester Music

The First World (1992),
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1992
Duration
5 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
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Geoffrey Burgon The First World (1992),
The First World

Apple Blossom

The first blossom was the best blossom
For the child who never had seen an orchard;
For the youth whom whiskey had led astray
The morning after was the first day.

The first apple was the best apple
For Adam before he heard the sentence;
When the flaming sword endorsed the Fall
The trees were his to plant for all.

The first ocean was the best ocean
For the child from streets of doubt and litter;
For the youth for whom the skies unfurled
His first love was his first world.

But the first verdict seemed the worst verdict
When Adam and Eve were expelled from Eden,
Yet when the bitter gates clanged to
The sky beyond was just as blue.

For the next ocean is the first ocean
And the last ocean is the first ocean
And, however often the sun may rise,
A new thing dawns upon our eyes.

For the last blossom is the first blossom
And the first blossom is the last blossom
And when from Eden we take our way
The morning after is the first day.

- Louis Macneice

As the angels stood
At the brink of heaven
They hear the voice
Of the naughty snake
Out of the Garden of Eden.

As the angels walk in the Garden
They hear the voice
Of the naughty snake
As they did in the wild.

- Clare Needham

  • Ensemble
    The Choir of Wells Cathedral
    Conductor
    Matthew Owens
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