A Kind Heart

SATB (cp1569) or TTBB (cp1570) and Piano

Marjorie Pickthall, poet

4 min duration

Cypress Publishing


Commissioned by the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston: “The beautiful and life affirming poem by Marjorie Pickthall (Canadian) is given a classy and poignant setting in the inimitable Emery style.”


Soundcloud Audio

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Just to live under green leaves and see them

Just to lie under low stars and watch them wane

a kind heart

Just to sleep by a kind heart

and know it loving – again

Just to live, just to lie

just to sleep, just to live

just to wake, just to walk

a kind heart

Just to wake on a sunny day

and the wind blowing

and know it loving – again

Just to live, just to lie

just to sleep, just to wake

a kind heart

Just to walk on a bare road

in the bright rain, or a sunny day

under low stars

and know it loving – again

Just to walk, just to wake

just to sleep, just to lie

just to live, just to wake, just to walk

a kind heart

Just to lie, just to wake

just to walk, just to live

These, O these,

and the night moon showing again

a kind heart – again.


Purchase (SATB and/or TTBB accompanied)


Themes; love, loss, longing, kindness, nature, heart, love, healing, moving on, peace, remembrance


About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed across North America and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew was the 2013 ACDA Raymond Brock Student Composition Competition winner. Emery's choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elmer Isler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

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