Listen to baritone Thomas Hampson sing this text in a setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams,
accompanied by pianist Craig Rutenberg: RealAudio 2.0 (14.4)
A C l e a r M i d n i g h t
This is thy hour, O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best,
Night, sleep, death, and the stars.