I live with him, I see his face; I go no more away For visitor, or sundown; Death's single privacy, The only one forestalling mine, And that by right that he Presents a claim invisible, No wedlock granted me. I live with him, I hear his voice, I stand alive to-day To witness to the certainty Of immortality Taught me by Time, - the lower way, Conviction every day, - That life like this is endless, Be judgment what it may.
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1896 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ezra Laderman (1924 - 2015), "I live with him, I see his face", published 1970 [melodrama: 2 narrators, piano and orchestra], from Magic Prison [ sung text not verified ]
- by Thomas Pasatieri (b. 1945), "I live with him, I see his face", published 1976 [soprano, clarinet, violin, violoncello, and piano], from Far from love, no. 4. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Gitta Steiner (1932 - 1990), "I live with him, I see his face", published 1971 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Five Poems for Mixed Chorus [ sung text not verified ]
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