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Since all thy vows, false maid

Language: English

Since all thy vows, false maid, 
Are blown to air,
And my poor heart betray'd 
To sad despair,
Into some wilderness,
My grief I will express
And thy hardheartedness,
O cruel Fair!

Have I not grav’n our love
On ev’ry tree
In yonder spreading grove,
Though false thou be?
Was not a solemn oath
Plighted betwixt us both,
Thou thy faith, I my troth,
Constant to be?

Some gloomy place I'll find, 
Some doleful shade
Where neither sun nor wind
E'er entrance had:
Into that hollow cave,
There will I sigh and rave,
Because thou dost behave
So faithlessly.

I'll have no funeral fire, 
Nor tears for me,
No grave do I desire, 
No obsequie;
The courteous redbreast, he,
With leaves will cover me
And sing my elegy
With doleful voice.

And when a ghost I am, 
I'll visit thee:
O thou deceitful dame, 
Whose cruelty
Has kill'd the kindest heart
That e'er felt Cupid's dart,
And never can desert
From loving thee.


L. Beethoven sets stanzas 1, 3-5
F. Scott sets stanzas 1-2, 5

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Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "Irische Volkweise", subtitle: "Robin Adair", WoO. 157 (12 songs of various nationalities) no. 7 (1815), stanzas 1,3-5. [soprano, tenor, bass, violin, cello and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
  • by Francis George Scott (1880 - 1958), "Since all thy vows, false maid", published 1936, stanzas 1-2,5 [low voice and piano], from Scottish Lyrics, Book 5, no. 2, Bayley & Ferguson; confirmed with Songs of Francis George Scott, selected and edited by Neil Mackay, Roberton Publications, Aylesbury 1980, page 42. [ sung text checked 1 time]

Text added to the website: 2005-12-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-11-29 17:09:43

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