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Program Note

My Candle Burns at Both The Ends is a bittersweet poem by Emily Dickinson describing a narrator who gives so much of him or herself that he or she will burn out quickly but still believes it is worth it. The poignant 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 If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking, also by Dickinson, to form a short song cycle.


My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!