We Never Know How High We Are

Arranger: Anne Heider
Composer: Anne Heider
Lyricist: Emily Dickinson

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Submitter Comments

Friend and former Rainbow Threshold Singer Joan Maxwell asked me to write a melody for the Emily Dickinson verses. The melody and its 19th-century harmonies arose spontaneously from my own New England roots and from what I know of Dickinson’s 19th-century New England life.

[2018.03.28b—Composer’s email address changed.]


We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise,
And then if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.