equal or mixed, 3 parts
Bird rounds No. 3
Music: Antonio Caldara (1670–1736) arr. Sheena Phillips, Words: Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)
Voicing: equal or mixed, 3 parts
Performance time approx: 2m 00s
Range: b – e''
Price code: B
A little bird, with plumage brown,
Beside my window flutters down,
A moment chirps its little strain,
Then taps upon my window-pane,
And chirps again, and hops along,
To call my notice to its song.
So birds of peace and hope and love
Come fluttering earthward from above,
To settle on life's window-sills,
And ease our load of earthly ills;
But we, in traffic's rush and din
Too deep engaged to let them in,
With deadened heart and sense plod on,
Nor know our loss till they are gone.
Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872—1906)