I reason, Earth is short —

"I reason, Earth is short —" is the twelfth song in Leo Smit's song cycle The Marigold Heart. The Marigold Heart is the third of Smit's six song cycles setting the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

For more information about Leo Smit's Emily Dickinson song cycles, please visit the pages for The Ecstatic Pilgrimage and Leo Smit.

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Date: 1990Composer: Leo SmitText: Emily DickinsonSong Collection: The Marigold Heart

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I reason, Earth is short — (poem 301)
by Emily Dickinson

I reason, earth is short,
And anguish absolute,
And many hurt ;
But what of that ?

I reason, we could die :
The best vitality
Cannot excel decay ;
But what of that ?

I reason that in heaven
Somehow, it will be even,
Some new equation given ;
But what of that ?

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