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Published on Jul 16, 2011
The Antioch Chamber Ensemble delivers the world premiere of R. Douglas Helvering's In Tempore at the 2011 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.
In Tempore (In Due Season)
From death to life and back again the cosmic rhythm paces our steps upon this circling orb amid Creator's graces. Earth nods her axis to the sun, wills sap to rise and birds to sing. Aged wisdom and new hope embrace, at peace when winter cradles spring.
Earth breathes and rouses, just a bit, to test her muscles daily. New living emerald inches forth to color herself gaily.
The flow of life now burgeons forth and dances to some unseen Drummer. Mating rites take up the song -- alive as springtime cradles summer.
The Green Corn Moon emerges full, ethereal as secret dreams, impassioned as a lover's kiss imparted 'neath its radiant beams. Aglow amidst her flow'ring height, Earth draws life from the loamy bottom, flings it wide across her breast in joy, when summer cradles autumn.
Trees' gratitude for one more year adorns the Earth's bright dressing gown and, dazzling, dance in shorter days ere chill-bent dramas turn all brown.
The balance now of light and dark, the rounded, rich-boughed limbs that splinter, Raindrops gently pat down Earth to sleep when autumn cradles winter.
Then, fore-ordained, old winter wakes
From life to death and back again the cosmic rhythm paces our steps upon this circling orb amid Creator's graces.
Earth nods her axis to the sun, evokes new life in everything. Millennia through eternity rejoice when winter cradles spring.
Gnarled fingers of December stretch, and tremble in the slicing wind. Its whitened mantle drapes the land, and turns the world albino skinned. Earth's sleep is deep, as rest she must, indifferent to sleet's icy sting.