Three Songs of Spring by alex turley published on 2013/06/10 13:26:31 +0000 Three poems by Du Fu that I set to music, sung by Naya Chorale and directed by Adam Brockway. I. NIGHT RAIN A good rain knows its season And in Spring fruitfully it falls. Carried on the breeze it drenches night, In silence lightly moistening everything. Clouds loom dark over country paths; The light of candles brightens riverboats. At dawn see everywhere is red and wet - The city of Chin-Kuan heavy with flowers. II. BRIGHT DAY Two golden orioles sing among willows green as a kingfisher. White egrets in single file climb the blue sky. This window frames the western mountains clad in snows of a thousand autumns. Past the door a boat from the east is anchored ten thousand miles from home. III. SPRING'S ENDING River green as jade, Birds white, whiter, gleaming whiter, Mountains blue, bluer, Red flowers aflame. Look! Look! Another Spring passing so soon, so soon. When is the day of returning home?