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You Gather Things To You - by Paul Halley
Poema XII (Para Mi Corazón) by Pablo Neruda

Publication Details


  Catalogue Number -

Voicing/Instrumentation -
SATB Choir with
Organ accompaniment

Level of Difficulty -

Uses/Season -
Concert, Wedding

Perusal score pdf can be viewed while listening simultaneously to
audio track below.
Duration -
4:15 mins

Pages Music -
7 pages - 12 page booklet
Format -
choral octavo

Copyright Year - 2014

perusal score
SATB perusal - page 1 of 7

PEL2092 "You Gather Things To You"

A simple and graceful setting of Pablo Neruda's beautiful love poem, "Poema XII" (Para Mi Corazón), in the English translation by W. S. Merwin "Poem XII (Your Breast Is Enough For My Heart). The magical, etheral, almost surreal quality of Neruda's imagery and metaphor are allowed to shine in this simple, direct setting by Paul Halley. Sopranos and altos alternate phrases with the tenors and basses in a lovely dialogue expressing yearning and devotion. This is a piece from the heart to grace occasions where love is the theme.


Composed for Elizabeth Crowninshield Race Rogers and Mark Alexander Wright
in honour of their wedding, September 13, 2014. 

Recorded for the
Pelagos double CD set

In The Wide Awe And Wisdom
PEL1006 CD

In The Wide Awe And Wisdom Recording by Paul Halley

Youtube - Time 4:15
You Gather Things To You
Pablo Neruda
trans. W.S. Merwin
: P. Halley

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You Gather Things To You
(musical setting in English)

Para mi corazón basta tu pecho,
para tu libertad bastan mis alas.
Desde mi boca llegará hasta el cielo
lo que estaba dormido sobre tu alma.

Es en ti la ilusión de cada día.
Llegas como el rocío a las corolas.
Socavas el horizonte con tu ausencia.
Eternamente en fuga como la ola.

He dicho que cantabas en el viento
como los pinos y como los mástiles.
Como ellos eres alta y taciturna.
Y entristeces de pronto como un viaje.

Acogedora como un viejo camino.
Te pueblan ecos y voces nostálgicas.
Yo desperté y a veces emigran y huyen
pájaros que dormían en tu alma.

Poema XII’ (Para Mi Corazón) by Pablo Neruda

From the collection 'Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada'.
Used by permission of The Neruda Foundation, Santiago, Chile (S.C.D)
All rights reserved.

Translation (musical setting is in English):

Your breast is enough for my heart,
and my wings for your freedom.
What was sleeping above your soul will rise
Out of my mouth to heaven.

In you is the illusion of each day.
You arrive like the dew on the cupped flowers.
You undermine the horizon with your absence.
Eternally in flight like the wave.

I have said that you sang in the wind
like the pines and like the masts.
Like them you are tall and taciturn,
and you are sad, all at once, like a voyage.

You gather things to you like an old road.
You are peopled with echoes and nostalgic voices.
I awoke and at times birds fled and migrated
that had been sleeping in your soul.

English translation by W.S. Merwin.

"Your Breast Is Enough" from TWENTY LOVE POEMS AND A SONG OF DESPAIR: (Dual Language Edition) by Pablo Neruda, translated by W. S. Merwin. Translation copyright © 1969 by W. S. Merwin, used by permission of Viking Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.