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In Tempore - R. Douglas Helvering

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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)

Prologue

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.

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.

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

Epilogue

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.

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