Love's Stricken "Why"

"Love's Stricken 'Why'" is the fourth and 14th song in Ned Rorem's song cycle Poems of Love and Rain for mezzo-soprano and piano.

In this song cycle, Rorem sets each poem twice, and the poems mirror each other in their order (i.e. the first poem is also the last poem, the second is also the second to last, etc.)

Date: 1965Composer: Ned RoremText: Emily DickinsonSong Collection: Poems of Love and Rain

Print vitals & song text


Love’s Stricken “Why”
by Emily Dickinson

Love’s stricken, “why”
Is all that love can speak —
Built of but just a syllable
The hugest hearts that break.

Sheet Music

Poems of Love and Rain

Composer(s): Ned Rorem

Voice Type: Medium

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