The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

Like a Leaf

A rhapsodic setting of Wendell Berry's wise, simple words

Words by Wendell Berry

A rhapsodic setting of Wendell Berry’s wise and simple prayer: “When I rise up let me rise up joyful like a bird. When I fall let me fall without regret like a leaf.”

Equally appropriate for concert stages, memorial services and graduation ceremonies, Like a Leaf is a wholehearted affirmation of the joys and sorrows of life.

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When I rise up let me rise up joyful like a bird.
When I fall let me fall without regret like a leaf.

Wendell Berry
From “Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer” from The Mad Farmer Poems. © 2008 by Wendell Berry. Used by permission of Counterpoint.

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Premiere: Highlands High School Choir / Jacob Young