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Five Songs

Word count: 124

Song Cycle by Herbert Fryer

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?. The kiss [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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Before you kissed me only winds of heaven
      Had kissed me, and the tenderness of rain --
Now you have come, how can I care for kisses
      Like theirs again?

I sought the sea, she sent her winds to meet me,
      They surged about me singing of the south --
I turned my head away to keep still holy
      Your kiss upon my mouth.

And swift sweet rains of shining April weather
      Found not my lips where living kisses are;
I bowed my head lest they put out my glory
      As rain puts out a star.

I am my love's and he is mine forever,
      Sealed with a seal and safe forevermore --
Think you that I could let a beggar enter
      Where a king stood before?


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