The Heart asks—Pleasure first

(1978)

"The Heart asks—Pleasure first" is the eighth song of George Perle's Thirteen Dickinson Songs. For more information about this song cycle, please visit: Thirteen Dickinson Songs.

The Heart asks—Pleasure first
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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