for SATB choir, piano & cello

poem by Sara Teasdale

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Published with Hinshaw Music 2015. Purchase here.

A poem by Sara Teasdale is the inspiration for this minor-key setting, which relies heavily on the piano and cello accompaniment to convey the deeply spiritual feeling of the text. "For with my singing I can make a refuge for my spirit's sake, a house of shining words, to be my fragile immortality.

From my spirit's gray defeat,
From my pulse's flagging beat,
From my hopes that turned to sand
Sifting through my close-clenched hand,
From my own fault's slavery,
If I can sing, I still am free.

For with my singing I can make
A refuge for my spirit's sake,
A house of shining words, to be
My fragile immortality.

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