Flying For Joy of the Flight

An uplifting work, this setting wonderfully captures the inspirational Margaret Fuller text, “I rise on, upward forever, gathering strength, gaining breath, from the spirit of life.” A simple melody gradually unfolds over a gentle piano accompaniment, growing into a full, 4-part texture. Written with emerging ensembles in mind, the vocal ranges are very manageable, and the melodies are singable. Whether chosen for its text or beautiful melodies, this piece is a great choice for any choir looking for an uplifting message, a testament to the beauty of life.

I AM immortal! I know it! I feel it!
  Hope floods my heart with delight!
Upward I mount,—faith is sight, life is feeling,
  Hope is the day-star of might!        
Come, let us mount on the wings of the morning,
  Flying for joy of the flight,
Wild with all longing, now soaring, now staying,
Mingling like day and dawn, swinging and swaying,
  Hung like a cloud in the light:        
I am immortal! I feel it! I feel it!
  Love bears me up, love is might!
Chance cannot touch me! Time cannot hush me!
  Hope floods my heart with delight!
I rise, on, on, upward forever,        
Gathering strength, gaining breath
  from the Spirit of Life!