Opus 1414

A Dream of Love (2021)

for SATB Chorus and Organ

Text by W. H. Auden

Harvard University Choir; Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor

Duration: 3.5 min.

Dedication: for the installation of the Rev. Matthew Ichihashi Potts, The Memorial Church, Harvard University, December 12, 2021

Commission: Commissioned by The Memorial Church, Harvard University

Publisher: Zimbel Press/Subito Music Corp.

Performance materials available from the publisher.

Mary, in a dream of love
Playing as all children play,
For unsuspecting children may
Express in comic make-believe
The wish that later they will know
Is tragic and impossible;
Hear, child, what I am sent to tell:
Love wills your dream to happen, so
Love’s will on earth may be, through you,
No longer a pretend but true.

W. H. Auden (1907–1973)
from For the Time Being (1941–42)