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Feb262012

I gained it so

1997 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 1 of Between the Bliss and Me

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • m. 18 and m. 22, the decrescendo in the voice part should be removed.
  • m. 27, the last note in the voice part should be a C SHARP.
  • The original poem has dashes in the poetry. I will include these in the next printed versions. For now, here's a copy of the poem.

I gained it so —
By Climbing slow —
By Catching at the Twigs that grow
Between the Bliss — and me —
It hung so high
As well the Sky
Attempt by Strategy —

I said I gained it —
This — was all —
Look, how I clutch it
Lest it fall —
And I a Pauper go —
Unfitted by an instant's Grace
For the Contented — Beggar's face
I wore — an hour ago —