Attired with Stars

choir and audience, 6 mins, 2015


Extracts from On Time by John Milton and A Little Bird by Aleksandr Pushkin (trans. Louisa Long)

O Time!
(Attired with stars we shall forever sit)

In alien lands I keep the body
of ancient native rights of earth:
I let a captive bird go winging
to meet the radiant spring's rebirth.

Then all this earthly grossness quit:
Fly, envious time, till thou run out thy race!
Attired with stars we shall forever sit,
Triumphing over Death, and Chance and thee, O Time!

The audience provide an anchoring layer, around which Attired with Stars explores extracts from John Milton’s On Time and Aleksandr Pushkin’s A Little Bird.