The Bustle in a House


"The Bustle in a House" is the eighth song in Bolcom's cycle I Will Breathe a Mountain, which sets the poetry of several American women poets. The cycle is for mezzo-soprano and piano.


The audio recording of "The Bustle in a House," provided in the audio playlist to the right, is made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are the SongFest 2012 Marc and Eva Stern Fellows Laura Choi Stuart, soprano and Javier Arrebola, piano, and the performance took place at SongFest 2012 at The Colburn School. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

Image: Emily Dickinson, Letters of Emily Dickinson, 1894, frontispiece, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Digital ID: cph 3b36913

The Bustle in a House

The Bustle in a House
by Emily Dickinson

The bustle in a house
The morning after death
Is solemnest of industries
Enacted upon earth, -

The sweeping up the heart,
And putting love away
We shall not want to use again
Until eternity.

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