The Rainbow Rose

The Rainbow Rose
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Weight: 0.04 lbs
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The Rainbow Rose - Nicholas White

8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Minimum Order of 4

Choirs will enjoy singing Nicholas White's setting of Emily Dickinson's famous poem, The Rainbow Rose, for SATB choir and keyboard.

On this long storm the Rainbow rose
On this late Morn—the Sun
The clouds—like listless Elephants
Horizons—straggled down

The Birds rose smiling, in their nests
The gales—indeed—were done
Alas, how heedless were the eyes
On whom the summer shone!

The quiet nonchalance of death
No Daybreak—can bestir
The slow—Archangel's syllables
Must awaken her!
-Emily Dickinson


Emily Dickinson’s poem recalls that emblem of God’s covenant with Noah after the flood—the rainbow (Genesis 9:13). In “The Rainbow Rose” the parting gesture of the storm, a lovely rainbow, welcomes the morning sun. The day promises to be peaceful, unlike the storm the night before. The world is bathed in sun, bird song is heard from the newly-wakened birds, and big puffy clouds are slowly disappearing down the horizon as the sky clears. But the poem describes a woman who has died, perhaps during the storm, who is “heedless” now to the beauties of this clear summer day. No “Daybreak” can rouse her from her grave. It will take the Archangel Saint Michael, the Archangel of Resurrection who weighs souls, to finally wake her up. The poet reminds us that for the Christian who dies in the grace of God, death is not a tragedy. Yes, it’s sad that the woman can’t see the new day and its beauties. But she is in a state of “quiet nonchalance” – as she awaits to see the face of God and her glorious resurrection day.

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