4 min.

Song of the Universal was commissioned by the Ewing High School choir, under the direction of Lynn Atkins. Lynn asked for a piece that would be appropriate for his choir with a piano accompaniment that would show off his very talented collaborative pianist. The text comes from Walt Whitman’s poem from his Leaves of Grass collection. It is the first stanza of a six-stanza ode. We sing the Universal, the perfection, of all things.


from “Song of the Universal”:
COME, said the Muse,

Sing me a song no poet yet has chanted,
Sing me the Universal.

In this broad Earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed Perfection.

By every life a share, or more or less,
None born but it is born—conceal’d or unconceal’d, the seed is waiting.

— Walt Whitman, (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900.

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