On the occasion of the first Human spacecraft exiting the Solar System
Gavotte en Rondeau from BWV 1006, Partita No. 3 in E, one of Carl Sagan’s musical selections for the Voyager Golden Record
Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold. Oft of one wide expanse had I been told That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne; Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes He star’d at the Pacific – and all his men Look’d at each other with a wild surmise — Silent, upon a peak in Darien.