An a cappella setting for mixed chorus of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Duration: 2' 45"
Difficulty: 4/5

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        A nun takes the veil
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

    I HAVE desired to go
        Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail
    And a few lilies blow.

    And I have asked to be
        Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
    And out of the swing of the sea.
Commission & Performance History
Heaven-Haven was commissioned by Peter and Amanda Gross for their wedding. It was premiered on 8 June 2013 at St. Matthew’s Anglican Catholic Church in Newport Beach, CA by it’s resident choir, directed by J. David Simmons.