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Program Note

If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking is a poignant poem written by Emily Dickinson about the good one individual can do through their actions. This heartfelt musical setting of the poem would be perfect for a middle school or high school all-female choir.

It can stand alone or may be paired with My Candle Burns at Both the Ends, also by Dickinson, to form a short song cycle.


If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.