Heart Not So Heavy


William Copper

Chorus SATB a cappella

Hartenshield Home Choral Catalog

Heart Not So Heavy is a substantial treatment of Emily Dickinson's powerful poem about a heavy heart cheered by a passing whistler.

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Heart Not So Heavy by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Heart not so heavy as mine,
Wending late home,	
As it passed my window	
Whistled itself a tune

A careless snatch, a ballad,
A ditty of the street;
Yet to my irritated ear	
An anodyne so sweet,

It was as if a bobolink,
Sauntering this way,
Carolled and mused and carolled,
Then bubbled slow away.
It was as if a chirping brook
Upon a toilsome way
Set bleeding feet to minuets
Without the knowing why.

To-morrow, night will come again,
Weary, perhaps, and sore.
Ah, bugle, by my window,
I pray you stroll once more!

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