Give Me The Deeper Pearls

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB a capella

This setting of a poem by Annabelle Moseley is about the beauty of love and its vulnerabilities. I love how the poem explores the potential for love to be both a safe resting place and a place of deep heartache. This, I think, is "the honest mystery of things."

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Catalog Number: 
HP04-19
Duration: 
6:00
Total Pages: 
14
Text
Text Author or Source: 
Annabelle Moseley
Language: 
English
Text: 

GIVE ME THE DEEPER PEARLS

Give me the deeper pearls beneath the sand -
The hidden shells, the buried rings,
The calluses that mar your weary hand;
Give me your eyes when you are all alone,
When all your shows of strength are put to sleep -
I like the honest mystery of things.

Give me the wild roots below the tree -
The knots of wood, the mud that clings
And I will show you secret bits of me -
The undertow that comes to stir my sea -
My pale and salty skin when I emerge.

And even when I've glimpsed your truest side,
The hidden shells, the buried rings,
And any of the stories you confide -
I will remain your safest place to rest.
Give me the deeper pearls beneath the sand,
I like the honest mystery of things.

Permission to set text granted by Annabelle Moseley.