More is Required(2002)
"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.
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.