Singing silent songs
of long warm days returning,
bee and bloom duet.
In vernal pools near bare trees,
spring peepers chant the chorus.
True story. One day when I was failing and flailing some years ago, I turned on the radio and heard some unusual and then-unfamiliar music. Tho it had the structure of a baroque oratorio, it was a hybrid of baroque and early romantic in style. Tho sung in German, the vocal lines had the beauty and spiritual intensity of sacred music in Latin. Mesmerized, I listened until the piece ended and made a note when the announcer said who composed it. Yes, Mendelssohn. No, it was not his more famous (and more operatic) oratorio Elijah.