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Upon the Paths of Men is a musical setting of an excerpt of Charles Sumner by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem reflects on the effect a life has on the world after death.

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Excerpt from Charles Sumner
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

Death takes us by surprise,
And stays our hurrying feet;
The great design unfinished lies,
Our lives are incomplete

But in the dark unknown,
Perfect their circles seem,
Even as a bridge's arch of stone
Is rounded in the stream.

Were a star quenched on high,
For ages would its light,
Still traveling downward from the sky,
Shine on our mortal sight.

Alike are life and death,
When life in death survives,
And the uninterrupted breath
Inspires a thousand lives.

So when a great man dies,
For years beyond our ken,
The light he leaves behind him lies
Upon the paths of men.

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from Stranger: Live at Littlefield Concert Hall, released June 23, 2017
Annie Cilley - music, vocals
Yesenia Checa - vibraphone
Travis Hendrix - double bass

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San Francisco Bay Area based composer and songwriter

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