Emily Dickinson

The reclusive Emily Dickinson wrote nearly 2,000 poems, covering the themes of life and death, immortality and the grave, solitude and society, nature and mankind, isolation and election. One of America’s great poets, her work has been set by scores of composers.

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Emily Dickinson selected her own society, and it was rarely that of other people. She preferred the solitude of her white-washed poet’s room, or the birds, bees, and flowers of her garden, to the visitations of family and friends. But for three occasions in her life she never left her native Amherst, Massachusetts; for the last 20 of her 56 years, she rarely left her house. And yet her reclusive existence in no way restricted her abundant life of the imagination. Her letters and poems reveal her to be an inspired visionary and a true original of American literature.

Belle of Amherst
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born to a prominent Amherst family on December 10, 1830. A successful lawyer and later Congressman and judge, Dickinson’s father had been a founder of Amherst College. Dickinson’s girlhood was spent in the usual flurry of feminine activities of the day. She enjoyed a reputation as the witty Belle of Amherst for a time, and she spent a year away from home at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, from 1847 to 1848.

Somewhere in her late teens, however, Dickinson began to sense her “otherness.” At Holyoke she refused to confess her Congregationalist faith. After her return home, she began to write her first serious poems, though she kept these jealously guarded to herself. In 1856, her adored older brother Austin married Susan Gilbert, and came to live next door to the paternal homestead. Susan offered the poet support, friendship, and understanding throughout their lives, and it was to Susan that Emily confided a few of her poems.

Recluse
The early 1860’s saw Dickinson withdraw even deeper into herself, perhaps as the result of an emotional crisis whose origins elude biographers. She seemed to prefer distance to social intercourse–she would decline an invitation to her brother’s house in an exquisitely crafted poem, for example–and she was far more comfortable in literary relationships, maintaining an active, intimate, even passionate correspondence with literary and religious figures from the outside world such as Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who visited her twice in Amherst, the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, and Samuel Bowles, the editor of the Springfield Republican, which had published a few of her verses.

After Emily’s death in 1886, Mabel Loomis Todd, a cultured and beautiful socialite, who was also her brother Austin’s mistress, sought Higginson’s assistance in publishing three editions of Emily’s poems and two volumes of her letters, which initially won Dickinson recognition as a minor eccentric poet. Her true genius has only been acknowledged more recently, as her cryptic language, dense symbols, fragmentary thought, and punctuation have been decoded to reveal a voice of mystic clarity and fiery individuality. Her work charts the landscape of a human soul, whose self-imposed confines conversely became agents of imaginative transformation.

Called Back
To the tiny New England graveyard, across the fields where in girlhood Emily Dickinson had watched the funeral cortèges wend their way, a solemn procession carried the white-robed remains of the poet, who died in her home on May 15, 1886. The epitaph her sister Lavinia later had inscribed on her tombstone–“E.D. Called Back”–tersely reminds visitors of a life lived in realms beyond the temporal.

–Thomas Hampson and Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold, PBS I Hear America Singing

Photo: Academy of American Poets

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As If the Sea Should Part

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As Imperceptibly as grief

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At least — to pray — is left

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Because I Could Not Stop For Death

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Better — than Music! For I — who heard it —

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Bind me — I still can sing —

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Dear March, Come In!

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Departed — to the Judgment —

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Doubt Me! My Dim Companion!

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Experiment to Me

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Extol thee — could I? Then I will

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Few Yet Enough

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Forever is Composed of Nows

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Four Trees — upon a solitary Acre —

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From Blank To Blank

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Go slow, my soul, to feed thyself

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Going to Heaven!

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Heart, not so heavy as mine

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Heart, We Will Forget Him

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How the Waters Closed

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How Still the Bells

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I cannot dance upon my Toes —

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I cried at Pity — not at Pain —

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I died for beauty, but was scarce

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I Dwell in Possibility

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I dwell in Possibility —

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I Felt a Cleavage in my Mind

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I Felt a Funeral in My Brain

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I have no Life but this —

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I heard a Fly buzz — when I died —

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I Like to see it lap the miles

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I Never Saw a Moor

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I reason, Earth is short —

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I reckon — when I count it all —

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I saw no Way — The Heavens were stitched —

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I see thee better — in the Dark —

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I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed

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If I...

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If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

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If I’m lost—now

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If You Were Coming in the Fall

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I'm Nobody

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I'm Nobody

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I'm Nobody (op. 108, no. 8)

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In Lands I Never Saw

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In This Short Life

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In This Short Life

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In This Short Life

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Indian Summer

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Is There Such a Thing as Day?

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It Makes No Difference Abroad

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It's all I have to bring today

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It's Coming - the Postponeless Creature

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It Was Not Death

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I've Heard an Organ Talk Sometimes

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Keeping the Sabbath

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Late Summer

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Let Down the Bars

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Let Down the Bars, O Death

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Let Us play Yesterday —

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Letter from Emily

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Long, Too Long America

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Love's Stricken "Why"

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Me — come! My dazzled face

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Me prove it now — Whoever doubt

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My Life had stood — a Loaded Gun —

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My River Runs to Thee

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Nature, the Gentlest Mother

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Nature, the Gentlest Mother

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New Feet Within My Garden Go

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Night Dances

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No Dew Upon the Grass

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Nobody Knows This Little Rose

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Of Course — I prayed —

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Of Tolling Bell I ask the cause?

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Oriole

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Over the Fence

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Papa Above! (from op. 108)

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Song Collection: 10 Emily Dickinson Songs, Op. 108

Papa above!

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Paradise

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Parting

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Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower

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Poems of Love and Rain

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Howard Moss

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Theodore Roethke

Donald Windham

Presentiment (op. 105, no. 12)

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Song Collection: 12 Emily Dickinson Songs, Op. 105

Quiet Airs

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Savior

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Savior! (op. 101, no. 1)

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Song Collection: Four Emily Dickinson Songs, Op. 101

Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers (op. 105, no. 2)

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Song Collection: 12 Emily Dickinson Songs, Op. 105

Savior! I've no one else to tell —

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Song Collection: Confiding

She bore it till the simple veins

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Song Collection: Thirteen Dickinson Songs

She Died

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Song Collection: Four Dickinson Songs

She Went As Quiet As the Dew

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Simple Songs

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Six Songs

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Carl Sandburg

Walt Whitman

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Six Poems by Emily Dickinson

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John Woods Duke

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Sleep is Supposed to Be

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Song Collection: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

So well that I can live without —

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Song Collection: The Marigold Heart

Softened by Time's consummate plush

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Song Collection: Childe Emilie

Soul, Wilt Thou Toss Again?

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Song Collection: Nine Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson

Summer's Armies (op. 105, no. 9)

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Song Collection: 12 Emily Dickinson Songs, Op. 105

Sunday Songs

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Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush

Song Collection

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Emily Dickinson

That first Day, when you praised Me, Sweet

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Song Collection: The Marigold Heart

That Such have died enable Us

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Song Collection: Beyond Circumference

The Angle of a Landscape —

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Song Collection: Tinted Mountains

The Banks of the Yellow Sea

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Song Collection: Six Songs

The Bird her punctual music brings

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Song Collection: The Celestial Thrush

The Bobolink is gone —

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Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: The Celestial Thrush

The Bustle in a House

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Song Collection: I Will Breathe a Mountain

The Butterfly (op. 108, no. 2)

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Song Collection: 10 Emily Dickinson Songs, Op. 108

The Butterfly Upon

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The Chariot

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The Child's faith is new —

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Song Collection: Childe Emilie

The earth has many keys

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Song Collection: Three Graces for Hildur

The Earth has many keys -

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Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: The Celestial Thrush

The Ecstatic Pilgrimage

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Emily Dickinson

The face I carry with me — last —

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Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: The Marigold Heart

The Fingers of the Light

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Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Tinted Mountains

The first Day's Night had come —

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Song Collection: Beyond Circumference

The Grass So Little Has To Do

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The Heart

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The Heart asks—Pleasure first

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The Level Bee (op. 105, no. 10)

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Song Collection: 12 Emily Dickinson Songs, Op. 105

The Little Stone

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Song Collection: Quiet Airs

The Loneliness One dare not sound

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Song Collection: Thirteen Dickinson Songs

The Marigold Heart

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The Martyr Poets — did not tell —

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Song Collection: The White Diadem

The Morns are Meeker

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The Mountain sat upon the Plain

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Song Collection: Tinted Mountains

The Mountains stood in Haze —

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Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Tinted Mountains

The Poets light but Lamps —

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Song Collection: The White Diadem

The Rose Did Caper on Her Cheek

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The Show is Not the Show

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The Simple Days

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The Sun Kept Setting

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The Sun kept setting — setting — still

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The Sun Went Down

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The White Diadem

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Emily Dickinson

The Wind Begun to Rock the Grass

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The Wind—tapped like a tired Man

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The World Feels Dusty

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Song Collection: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

There came a Day at Summer's full

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Song Collection: The Marigold Heart

There Came a Wind Like a Bugle

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Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

This Little Rose

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Emily Dickinson

'Tis Not That Dying Hurts Us So

William Bolcom

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Song Collection: Let Evening Come

There Came a Wind Like a Bugle

Lee Hoiby

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Song Collection: Four Dickinson Songs

There came a Wind like a Bugle

George Perle

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Thirteen Dickinson Songs

There is a pain — so utter —

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: The Marigold Heart

There's a certain Slant of light

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Tinted Mountains

There's a Certain Slant of Light

Richard Pearson Thomas

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Song Collection: At Last, To Be Identified

These are the days when Birds come back

George Perle

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Thirteen Dickinson Songs

Three Dickinson Songs

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André Previn

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Three Graces for Hildur

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Steve Heitzeg

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They Might Not Need Me

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Song Collection: Days and Nights

They shut me up in Prose —

Leo Smit

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Song Collection: Childe Emilie

Thirteen Dickinson Songs

Song Collection

George Perle

Emily Dickinson

This is my letter to the World

David Leisner

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Song Collection: Confiding

Through lane it lay — through bramble —

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Childe Emilie

Tie The Strings To My Life (op. 107, no. 2)

Arthur Farwell

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Title divine — is mine!

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: The Marigold Heart

To Make a Prairie

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: From Emily's Garden

To Make a Prairie

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: One Bee and Revery

To pile like Thunder to its close

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: The White Diadem

'Twas the old — road — through pain —

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Beyond Circumference

Tinted Mountains

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Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

O Friend!

Ernst Bacon

Emily Dickinson

On this Wondrous Sea

Ernst Bacon

Emily Dickinson

Our Share of Night to Bear

Otto Luening

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Nine Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson

Under the Light, yet under

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Tinted Mountains

Under the Light, yet under

George Perle

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Thirteen Dickinson Songs

Unto Me (op. 101, no. 2)

Arthur Farwell

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Four Emily Dickinson Songs, Op. 101

Up Life's Hill with my my little Bundle

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Childe Emilie

Upon his Saddle sprung a Bird

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: The Celestial Thrush

Upon This Summer's Day

Song Collection

Juliana Hall

Emily Dickinson

Velvet People

Ernst Bacon

Emily Dickinson

We dream — it is good we are dreaming —

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Beyond Circumference

We Never Know How High We Are

Robert Beaser

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Four Dickinson Songs

We talked as Girls do —

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Childe Emilie

What if I say I shall not wait!

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Beyond Circumference

What if I say I shall not wait!

George Perle

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Thirteen Dickinson Songs

What If I Say I Shall Not Wait!

Richard Pearson Thomas

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: At Last, To Be Identified

What shall I do — it whimpers so —

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: The Marigold Heart

When I Hoped, I Feared

Otto Luening

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Nine Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson

When They Come Back

Aaron Copland

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven?

Aaron Copland

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

Wild Nights

Ernst Bacon

Emily Dickinson

Wild Nights — Wild Nights! (op. 112, no. 1)

Arthur Farwell

Emily Dickinson

Wild Nights

Lee Hoiby

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Four Dickinson Songs

Wild Nights

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Days and Nights

Wild Nights

David Leisner

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Confiding

Wild Nights — Wild Nights!

Leo Smit

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: The Marigold Heart

Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

Richard Pearson Thomas

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: At Last, To Be Identified

Will There Really Be a Morning?

Ricky Ian Gordon

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

Will There Really Be a Morning?

Richard Hundley

Emily Dickinson

Will There Really Be a Morning?

Lori Laitman

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Four Dickinson Songs

Will there really be a morning?

André Previn

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Three Dickinson Songs

Within my Garden, rides a Bird

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Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: The Celestial Thrush

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Christina Rossetti

Elinor Wylie

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    A Horse With Wings

    Composer(s): Ricky Ian Gordon

    Song(s): Once I Was
    Sweet Song
    Afternoon on a Hill
    My Sister's New Red Hat
    A Horse with Wings
    Air
    Poem (Lana Turner has Collapsed)
    The Lake Isle of Innisfree
    The Spring and the Fall
    Souvenir
    Coyotes
    The Red Dress
    What Shall We Remember?
    Will There Really Be a Morning?
    Sycamore Trees
    Fewer Words
    The Special Picnic
    Janet Underneath the Roses
    I am a Cherry Alive
    An Old-Fashioned Song
    White Haired Woman

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    A Letter

    Composer(s): Lee Hoiby

    Voice Type: High

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    Arthur Farwell Sheet Music
    (Emily Dickinson songs)

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    Childe Emilie

    Composer(s): Leo Smit

    Song(s): 1. I was the slightest in the House
    2. Through lane it lay - through bramble
    3. It troubled me as once I was
    4. The Child's faith is new
    5. Softened by Time's consummate plush
    6. Papa above!
    7. We talked as Girls do
    8. They shut me up in Prose
    9. I cried at Pity - not at Pain
    10. Let Us play Yesterday
    11. A loss of something ever felt I
    12. Good Morning - Midnight
    13. Up Life's Hill with my little Bundle
    14. I'm ceded - I've stopped being Theirs

    Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano, Soprano

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    Days and Nights

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Along With Me
    2. They Might Not Need Me
    3. The Night has a Thousand Eyes
    4. Over the Fence
    5. Song
    6. Wild Nights

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    Elegiac Songs

    Composer(s): John Harbison

    Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano

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    Four Dickinson Songs

    Composer(s): Robert Beaser

    Song(s): 1. A Word is Dead
    2. It Was Not Death
    3. I Dwell in Possibility
    4. We Never Know How High We Are

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    Four Dickinson Songs

    Composer(s): Lee Hoiby

    Voice Type: High

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    Four Dickinson Songs (High Key)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Will There Really Be a Morning?
    2. I'm Nobody
    3. She Died
    4. If I...

    Voice Type: High

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    Four Dickinson Songs (Low key)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Will There Really Be a Morning?
    2. I'm Nobody
    3. She Died
    4. If I...

    Voice Type: Low

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    Have You Got a Brook in Your Little Heart?

    Composer(s): Etta Parker

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    In This Short Life

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. Some Keep the Sabbath
    2. I Stepped From Plank to Plank
    3. In This Short Life

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    Life Signs: Six Songs on Texts by Emily Dickinson

    Composer(s): Robert G. Patterson

    Song(s): 1. Surgeons must be very careful!
    2. I Years had been from Home
    3. The Drop, that wrestles in the Sea
    4. A little Snow was here and there
    5. I’m Nobody! Who are you?
    6. I should not dare to leave my friend

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    Nine Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson

    Composer(s): Otto Luening

    Song(s): 1. Our Share of Night to Bear
    2. The Show is Not the Show
    3. Hope is the Thing with Feathers
    4. If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
    5. Experiment to Me
    6. I Felt a Cleavage in my Mind
    7. Few Yet Enough
    8. Soul, Wilt Thou Toss Again?
    9. When I Hoped, I Feared

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    Songs By John Duke, Vol. 1

    Composer(s): John Duke

    Song(s): 1. When the Rose Is Brightest (Nathaniel Parker Willis)
    2. Stopping by Woods on а Snowy Evening (Robert Frost)
    3. The Puritan's Ballad (Elinor Wylie)
    4. Midcentury Love Letter (Phyllis McGinley)
    5. All Beauty Calls You to Me (Sara Teasdale)
    6. Listen, I Love You (Sara Teasdale)
    7. I am so weak а Thing (Sara Teasdale)
    8. All Things in the World Can Rest, But I (Sara Teasdale)
    9. Oh, My Love (Sara Teasdale)
    10. Renouncement (Alice Meynell)
    11. Noonday (Traditional Chinese)
    12. Through Your Window (Traditional Chinese)
    13. The Shoreless Sea (Traditional Chinese)
    14. New Feet within My Garden Go (Emily Dickinson)
    15. The Rose did Caper on Her Cheek (Emily Dickinson)
    16. Have You Got а Brook in Your Little Heart? (Emily Dickinson)
    17. I Taste а Liquor Never Brewed (Emily Dickinson)
    18. The Better Part (George Santayana)

    Voice Type: High

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    Late Summer

    Composer(s): Tom Cipullo

    Song(s): 1. Crickets
    2. As Summer Into Autumn Slips
    3. Touch Me

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    One Bee and Revery

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. The Butterfly Upon
    2. Hope is a Strange Invention
    3. To Make a Prairie

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    Parting

    Composer(s): Ernest Gold

    Voice Type: High

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    Poems of Love and Rain

    Composer(s): Ned Rorem

    Voice Type: Medium

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    Simple Songs

    Composer(s): David Leisner

    Song(s): 1. Exultation
    2. Beauty
    3. Madness
    4. Letter
    5. Humility
    6. Simplicity

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    Six Poems by Emily Dickinson

    Composer(s): John Duke

    Voice Type: Soprano

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    Six Songs

    Composer(s): Ernst Bacon

    Song(s): 1. The Banks of the Yellow Sea
    2. Ancient Christmas Carol
    3. Omaha
    4. No Dew Upon the Grass
    5. A Clear Midnight
    6. World, Take Good Notice

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    Songs from Emily Dickinson

    Composer(s): Ernst Bacon

    Song(s): As If the Sea Should Part
    Let down the bars
    O friend
    The grass so little has to do
    A threadless way
    The postponeless Creature
    I'm Nobody
    My river runs to thee
    How still the bells
    The sun went down
    The grass so little has to do
    Savior
    She went as quiet as the dew
    Wild nights

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    Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature, time and space Vol. 1

    Composer(s): Ernst Bacon

    Song(s): Is There Such a Thing as Day?
    Alabaster Wool (Snowfall)Simple days
    A spider
    On this wondrous sea
    A drop fell on the apple tree

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    Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature, time and space Vol.2

    Composer(s): Ernst Bacon

    Song(s): Velvet people
    A wind like a bugle
    The morns are meeker
    Clover
    Nature, the gentlest mother

    Voice Type: High

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    Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush

    Composer(s): Juliana Hall

    Song(s): To Eudocia C. Flynt
    To T.W. Higginson
    To Emily Fowler
    To Samuel Bowles the younger
    To Eugenia Hall
    To Susan Gilbert
    To Susan Gilbert II

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    Quiet Airs

    Composer(s): Ernst Bacon

    Song(s): 1. Twilight
    2. Gentle Greeting
    3. The Divine Ship
    4. Of Love
    5. Eden
    6. The Little Stone
    7. Fond Affection
    8. Stars
    9. The Heart
    10. Song of Snow-White Heads
    11. The Lamb
    12. To Musique, To Becalme His Fever

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    The White Diadem

    Composer(s): Leo Smit

    Song(s): 1. I reckon - when I count at all
    2. I dwell in Possibility
    3. The Martyr Poets - did not tell
    4. The Poets light but Lamps
    5. I would not paint - a picture
    6. To pile like Thunder to its close
    7. Me - come! My dazzled face

    Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano, Soprano

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    Thirty-Four Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson

    Composer(s): Arthur Farwell

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    Thirty-Four Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson, Vol. 1

    Composer(s): Arthur Farwell

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    Thirty-Four Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, Vol. 2

    Composer(s): Arthur Farwell

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    Three Dickinson Songs

    Composer(s): André Previn

    Song(s): 1. As Imperceptibly as grief
    2. Will there really be a morning?
    3. Good Morning, Midnight

    Voice Type: Soprano

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    Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

    Composer(s): Aaron Copland

    Song(s): 1. Nature, the Gentlest Mother
    2. There Came a Wind Like a Bugle
    3. Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven?
    4. The World Feels Dusty
    5. Heart, We Will Forget Him
    6. Dear March, Come In!
    7. Sleep is Supposed to Be
    8. When They Come Back
    9. I Felt a Funeral in My Brain
    10. I've Heard an Organ Talk Sometimes
    11. Going to Heaven!
    12. The Chariot

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    Two Settings of Emily Dickinson

    Composer(s): Richard Hundley

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    Will There Really Be a Morning?

    Composer(s): Richard Hundley

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    Women's Voices

    Composer(s): Ned Rorem

    Voice Type: High

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