All Things Rush On

All Things Rush On

A setting of some of Rabindranath Tagore’s most spiritual and inspiring words, drawn from his Nobel-Prize-winning collection Gitanjali.

Category:  choral

Instrumentation:  SATB chorus & piano

Status:  published

Duration:  5m 30s

Completed:  September 2019

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Commission:  The Hugh Hodgson School of Music of the University of Georgia for the UGA Hodgson Singers and the 2019 NCMEA High School Honor Choir, Daniel Bara, conductor

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Additional Credits:  text by Rabindranath Tagore

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Texts
  • All things rush on.

    The same stream of life
    that runs through my veins night and day
    runs through the world
    and dances in rhythmic measures.
    I feel my limbs are made glorious
    by the touch of this world of life.
    And my pride is from the life-throb of ages
    dancing in my blood this moment.

    All things rush on,
    they stop not,
    they look not behind,
    they rush on.

    Keeping steps with that restless, rapid music,
    seasons come dancing and pass away—
    colours, tunes, and perfumes pour in endless cascades
    in the abounding joy that scatters and gives up
    and dies every moment.

    It is the same life that shoots in joy
    through the dust of the earth.
    It is the same life in numberless blades of grass
    and tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
    It is the same life that is rocked
    in the ocean-cradle of birth and death,
    in ebb and flow.

    Is it beyond thee to be glad with the gladness of this rhythm?
    to be tossed and lost and broken in the whirl of this fearful joy?

    The same stream of life
    that runs through my veins
    runs through the world
    and dances in rhythmic measures.
    My limbs are made glorious
    by the touch of this world of life:
    colours, tunes, and perfumes
    in endless cascades.

    All things rush on.