Emily's Canon (Michael J. Oczko)

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  • (Posted 2010-01-11)  CPDL #20627:     
Editor: Michael J. Oczko (submitted 2009-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 248 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Emily's Canon
Composer: Michael J. Oczko
Lyricists: Emily Dickinson and Michael J. Oczko

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: 4 equal voices
Genre: SacredCanon

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 2009
Description: A simple canon based on the poem by Emily Dickinson with second and third verses of a religious nature by the composer.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

If I can stop one heart for breaking,
I should not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto its nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

If I can share my love for Jesus,
I should not live in vain.
If my faith can shine a light for others,
Sunshine or rain,
Or bring us all together
As we celebrate His name,
I shall not live in vain.

If we can do God’s word around us,
We shall not live in vain.
If we let the love He gives us daily
Our hearts inflame
And join together
At His Holy Feast of grapes and grain,
We shall not live in vain.