In 2004, Eric Whitacre set Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The Seal Lullaby” to music:
Oh! Hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us,
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, then soft be thy pillow,
Oh weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,
Asleep in the arms of the slow swinging seas!
Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936
His arrangement is absolutely breathtaking:
In hectic and chaotic times, music like this truly calms the soul. This song gave us much peace while Michelle was in the hospital; it was also played at her funeral.