The Angels

for SATB choir
Text by Ranier Maria Rilke, translated by Dr. Edward Snow

UTSA Concert Choir
Conductor, Dr. Gary Mabry


The Angels

They all have tired mouths
and bright seamless souls.
And a longing (as for sin)
sometimes haunts their dream.

They are almost all alike;
in God’s garden they keep still,
like many, many intervals
in his might and melody.

Only when they spread their wings
are they wakers of a wind:
as if God with his broad sculptor-
hands leafed through the pages
in the dark book of the beginning.