Choose you a night
for SSAATTBB choir unaccompanied
Choose you a night takes its text from The Glugs of Gosh (1917) by Australian poet C. J. Dennis (1876-1938):
Choose you a night when the intimate stars
Carelessly prattle of cosmic affairs
Heard you no sound like a shuddering sigh?
Or the great shout of laughter that swept down
Gaze for an hour at that little blue star,
Giving him, cheerfully, wink for his wink;
Shrink to the size of the being you are;
Sneeze if you have to, but softly; then think.
Throw wide the portals and let your thoughts run
Over the earth like a galloping herd.
Bounds to profundity let there be none,
Let there be nothing too madly absurd.