The Heart

(1952)

"The Heart" is the ninth song song of Ernst Bacon's song cycle Quiet Airs. The song sets the poetry of Emily Dickinson. The song is published in a lower key in the Ernst Bacon collection simply titled Songs From Emily Dickinson for Medium/High Voice.

The Heart asks Pleasure — first — (poem 536)
by Emily Dickinson


The heart asks pleasure first,
And then, excuse from pain ;
And then, those little anodynes
That deaden suffering ;


And then, to go to sleep ;
And then, if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor,
The liberty to die.


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