Sing to Me…

I heard the All-OMEA Children’s Chorus sing Andrea Ramsey’s setting of this text at our music educator’s convention in January, and it absolutely broke my heart. Teachers, you know why.  Especially this time of year.

Sing to Me

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sing to me! something of sunlight and bloom,

I am so compassed with sorrow and gloom,

I am so sick with the world’s noise and strife,–

Sing of the beauty and brightness of life–

Sing to me, sing to me!

Sing to me! something that’s jubilant, glad!

I am so weary, my soul is so sad.

All my earth riches are covered with rust,

All my bright dreams are but ashes and dust.

Sing to me, sing to me!

Sing of the blossoms that open in spring,

How the sweet flowers blow, and the long lichens cling,

Say, though the winter is round about me,

There are bright summers and springs yet to be.

Sing to me, sing to me!

Sing me a song full of hope and of truth,

Brimming with all the sweet fancies of youth!

Say, though my sorrow I may not forget,

I have not quite done with happiness yet.

Sing to me, sing to me!

Lay your soft fingers just here, on my cheek;

Turn the light lower–there–no, do not speak,

But sing!  My heart thrills at your beautiful voice;

Sing till I turn from my grief and rejoice.

Sing to me, sing to me!

There isn’t a video of our Oklahoma children performing this, but these are somebody’s children, and it’s just as moving:

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