Opus 881

Hope and Love (2010)

for SATB Chorus Unaccompanied

Text by Jane Hirshfield

Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum; Andrew Clark, conductor

Duration: 3 min.

Dedication: for Andrew Clark

Publisher: Santa Barbara Music Publishing

Performance materials available from the publisher.

Hope and Love
Jane Hirshfield

All winter
the blue heron
slept among the horses.
I do not know
the custom of herons,
do not know
if the solitary habit
is their way,
or if he listened for
some missing one—
not knowing even
that was what he did—
in the blowing
sounds in the dark.
I know that
hope is the hardest
love we carry.
He slept
with his long neck
folded, like a letter
put away.

“Hope and Love” by Jane Hirshfield from The Lives of the Heart (NY: HarperCollins, 1997); Copyright © 1997 Jane Hirshfield; Used by permission of the author.