Originally written for male chorus and orchestra, Ives rearranged "Duty" for voice and piano in 1921. Its partner song, "Vita," is a Latin text by Manlius. Ruth C. Friedberg states: "Ives' original subtitle--'Two slants, or, Christian and Pagan'--refers to a church sermon heard in Redding, Connecticut, which was the inspiration for these two songs."

Date: 1921Composer: Charles IvesText: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson

So nigh is grandeur to our dust,
So near is God to man;
When Duty whispers low “Thou must,”
The youth replies “I can!”

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Composer(s): Charles Ives

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