The heart asks pleasure - first, And then excuse from pain. And then those little anodynes That deaden suffering. And then, to go to sleep; And then, if it should be The will of its Inquisitor, The liberty to die.
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "The heart", 1920-31, published 1952 [voice and piano], from Quiet Airs, no. 9. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Jules Langert (b. 1932), "The heart asks pleasure first", from Three Emily Dickinson Songs, no. 3. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by George Perle (1915 - 2009), "The heart asks pleasure first" [voice and piano], from Thirteen Dickinson Songs, no. 8. [ sung text not verified ]
- by William Keith Rogers (b. 1921), "The heart asks pleasure first", published 1948 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Three Songs from Emily Dickinson, no. 3. [ sung text not verified ]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le Cœur réclame le Plaisir - d'abord", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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