More is Required

"More is Required" is the first song of Jake Heggie's song cycle The Deepest Desire: Four meditations on Love. This song cycle sets the text of Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ.

Date: 2002Composer: Jake HeggieText: Sister Helen PrejeanSong Collection: The Deepest Desire

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More is Required
by Sister Helen Prejean

More is required than being swept along–
All the currents pulling me
Easy and wide in a long, slow drift–
Without rudder, floating backwards, now to the side.
What can one person do against a sucking tide?
I coil like a bow;
I gather like a fist;
I forge like a rudder
And I lean into the wide, slow drift.
I tack and veer by God’s pure will.
I raise my voice against the silence.
My voice alone. Until a chorus joins.


The Deepest Desire

(Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Jake Heggie)


Flesh and Stone: Songs of Jake Heggie

(Raymond Carver, Emily Dickinson, Jake Heggie, Sister Helen Prejean, Gene Scheer and Anne Sexton)

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The Deepest Desire

Composer(s): Jake Heggie

Song(s): 1. More is Required
2. Love
3. I Catch on Fire
4. The Deepest Desire
5. Primary Colors

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