I would not paint — a picture — (Kathryn Rose)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2017-11-30)   CPDL #47800:     
Editor: Kathryn Rose (submitted 2017-11-30).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: I would not paint — a picture —
Composer: Kathryn Rose
Lyricist: Emily Dickinson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Unknown

Published: 2017

Description: Composed for Composed for the Chapel Choir of King's College, Aberdeen, for St Cecilia's Day 2017

External websites: http://www.patreon.com/artsyhonker http://www.artsyhonker.net

Original text and translations

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I would not paint — a picture —
I'd rather be the One
It's bright impossibility
To dwell — delicious — on —
And wonder how the fingers feel
Whose rare — celestial — stir —
Evokes so sweet a torment —
Such sumptuous — Despair —

I would not talk, like Cornets —
I'd rather be the One
Raised softly to the Ceilings —
And out, and easy on —
Through Villages of Ether —
Myself endued Balloon
By but a lip of Metal —
The pier to my Pontoon —

Nor would I be a Poet —
It's finer — Own the Ear —
Enamored — impotent — content —
The License to revere,
A privilege so awful
What would the Dower be,
Had I the Art to stun myself
With Bolts — of Melody!


1 Corinthians 14:15

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.