for SATB choir, piano & cello
poem by Sara Teasdale
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.