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PULSE FOR PULSE (2012)

wind band and solo voice Grade 4
duration 6'30"

Come to me in the silence of the night; come in the speaking silence of a dream; Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright as sunlight on a stream; Come back in tears, O memory, hope and love of finished years. O dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter-sweet, whose wakening should have been in Paradise, where souls brim-full of love abide and meet; where thirsting longing eyes watch the slow door that opening, letting in, lets out no more.Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live my very life again though cold in death; Come back to me in dreams, that I may give pulse for pulse, breath for breath: Speak low, lean low, as long ago, my love, how long ago.

Text by Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894) from a poem titled ECHO, written in 1854 and published in 1862 in a book of her work called Goblin Market and Other Poems.