Look To This Day!

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB, organ

An exuberant setting of 5th century Hindu poet Kalidasa's beloved invocation, "The Exhortation of the Dawn."

Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
SEA-002-00
Duration: 
4:00
Commissioned By: 
First Unitarian Society of Madison, WI
Premiere
Premiere Conductor: 
Ellsworth Snyder
Performances: 

Camerata Singers of Muskegon; Floyd Farmer, conductor. Muskegon, MI
Unity Church-Unitarian Choir; Ruth Palmer, conductor. Saint Paul, MN
First Unitarian Society Choir; Ellsworth Snyder, conductor. Madison, WI

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Kalidasa
Language: 
English
Text: 

"The Exhortation of the Dawn"
Poem by Kalidasa

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of beauty;

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.