This is the fifth movement of a six-movement song cycle written for women's choir and soprano soloist. Each movement is a setting of a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The cycle as a whole outlines the journey of a woman going from a heartbreaking relationship to finding healing in the arms of God. The piece was co-conceived by choreographer, Amanda Brewster, and written for Skylight Dance Theater.
Music by Virginia Hart Pike
The Skylight Singers
Conducted by Kamel Boutros
Piano: Grace Chandarlapaty
Violin: Heather Bixler
Cello: Leo Soeda
Speak low to me, my Saviour, low and sweet
From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low
Lest I should fear and fall, and miss Thee so
Who art not missed by any that entreat.
Speak to me as to Mary at thy feet!
And if no precious gums my hands bestow,
Let my tears drop like amber while I go
In reach of thy divinest voice complete
In humanist affection – thus, in sooth,
To lose the sense of losing. As a child,
Whose song-bird seeks the wood for evermore,
Is sung to in its stead by mother’s mouth
Till, sinking on her breast, love-reconciled,
He sleeps the faster that he wept before.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning