Tie The Strings To My Life (op. 107, no. 2)

(1941)

"Tie The Strings To My Life," op. 107, no. 2 is currently published in the second volume of Boosey & Hawkes' two-volume Thirty-Four Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson by Arthur Farwell.

This song has been recorded by tenor and American song scholar Paul Sperry on his album Paul Sperry Sings Romantic American Songs.

Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord (poem 279)
by Emily Dickinson


Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord,
Then, I am ready to go!
Just a look at the Horses —
Rapid! That will do!


Put me in on the firmest side —
So I shall never fall —
For we must ride to the Judgment —
And it's partly, down Hill —


But never I mind the steeper —
And never I mind the Sea —
Held fast in Everlasting Race —
By my own Choice, and Thee —


Goodbye to the Life I used to live —
And the World I used to know —
And kiss the Hills, for me, just once —
Then — I am ready to go!


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