i carry your heart with me

Stephen Paulus (B. 1949)

Text   ee cummings (1894-1962)

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you


here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart


i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
       ee cummings (1894-1962)



This piece was performed on Octarium’s Modern Masters, November 2009 and Listener's Choice, February 2011.

This piece is also featured on Octarium's 2009 release, Modern Masters.