Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Because I Could Not Stop for Death

Don’t worry: I am perfectly OK but I came across a beautiful version of the Emily Dickinson poem and I wanted to share it with you.

Unfortunately there is no video and so I give you a link to we7.  Just click on the link below, click the play button near the top and enjoy.

UPDATE:  @ 10.45 14 April   Unfortunately I have just discovered that in some countries, possibly most countries, this track may be limited to 30secs play only.  My apologies.  I couldn’t find a video.  If any reader knows of a “universal” source please let me know.

[Initially I used an embedded player but it took far too long to load.]

Natalie Merchant, Susan McKeown & The Chanting House 

The words sung are:

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I, I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed a school, where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done.
We passed through fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then 'tis centuries, but each
Feels shorter than the day
Since I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

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4 comments:

  1. I just get 4 lines of the song. Is it all that there is? I like Emily Dickinson's imagery.

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  2. Claudia No! It's all there for me but clearly there's some difference in Canadia (deliberate).

    I just found this on their website:

    So, unfortunately, you'll see the international version of we7 which limits many songs to 30-second previews due to country-specific licensing rights.

    Sorry.

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  3. I thought it was just a bit of publicity to entice me to buy the whole CD, or whatever.I'll see if I can google the song dirctly. Thanks!

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