'Tis Not That Dying Hurts Us So

(1994)

"'Tis Not That Dying Hurts Us So" is the second song of Bolcom's cycle Let Evening Come, which sets the poetry of Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson and Jane Kenyon for soprano, viola and piano.

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The audio recordings of Let Evening Come, provided in the audio playlist to the right, are made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are Laura Strickling, soprano, Laura Pearson, viola, and Liza Stepanova, piano, and the performance took place at SongFest 2012 at The Colburn School. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

'Tis Not That Dying Hurts Us So

'Tis Not That Dying Hurts Us So
by Emily Dickinson


'Tis not that Dying hurts us so --
'Tis Living -- hurts us more --
But Dying -- is a different way --
A Kind behind the Door --


The Southern Custom -- of the Bird --
That ere the Frosts are due --
Accepts a better Latitude --
We -- are the Birds -- that stay.


The Shrivers round Farmers' doors --
For whose reluctant Crumb --
We stipulate -- till pitying Snows
Persuade our Feathers Home.


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