Facets of Love

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Facets of Love

Facets of Love is a set of three short pieces on texts from three different poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

  • The Amulet
  • Where Way is None
  • Thine Eyes Still Shined for Me

The set takes a trip through the unfolding of love. The Amulet speaks of the doubt and fear that arises as a result of absence and lack of connection. Where Way is None winds and weaves its way to a fitting climax as it depicts that love knows no bounds. Finally, Thine Eyes Still Shined for Me paints a beautiful scene of loyalty and love's strength, even when lovers are separated by distance.

Suitable for University and advanced High School choirs.

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- SATB divisi, unaccompanied
- Text by Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Level: Advanced
- Duration: ~5:20

Published by Lane Johnson Music


1. The Amulet

Your picture smiles as first it smiled,
The ring you gave is still the same,
Your letter tells, O changing child,
No tidings since it came.

Give me an amulet
That keeps intelligence with you,
Red when you love, and rosier red,
And when you love not, pale and blue.

Alas, that neither bonds nor vows
Can certify possession;
Torments me still the fear that love
Died in its last expression.

2. Where Way is None

Love on his errand bound to go
Can swim the flood and wade through snow,
Where way is none, 't will creep and wind
And eat through Alps its home to find.

3. Thine Eyes Still Shined for Me

THINE eyes still shined for me, though far
I lonely roved the land or sea:
As I behold yon evening star,
Which yet beholds not me.

This morn I climbed the misty hill
And roamed the pastures through;
How danced thy form before my path
Amidst the deep-eyed dew!

When the redbird spread his sable wing,
And showed his side of flame;
When the rosebud ripened to the rose,
In both I read thy name.

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