He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (1995)

Programme Note: John Buckley

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven for five-part a cappella choir was commissioned for the 33rd Seminar on Contemporary Choral Music, at the Cork International Choral Festivaland first performed there in 1996 by Cantique, conducted by Blanaid Murphy.

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W B Yeats