Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part; Nay, I have done, you get no more of me, And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart That thus so cleanly I can free; Shake hands forever, cancel all our vows, And when we meet at any time again, Be it not seen in either of our brows That we one jot of former love retain. Now at the last gasp of Love's latest breath, When, his pulse failing, Passion speechless lies, When Faith is kneeling by his bed of death, And Innocence is closing up his eyes, Now if thou wouldst, when all have given him over, From death to life thou mightst him yet recover.
About the headline (FAQ)
- by Michael Drayton (1563 - 1631), "Love's Farewell", written 1619 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Kirke Mechem (b. 1925), "Since there's no help", op. 33 no. 1, published 1979 [mezzo-soprano and piano], from Goodbye, Farewell, and Adieu: Three Songs of Parting, no. 1, G.Schirmer (Hal Leonard) [text not verified]
- by M. Ryan Taylor (b. 1972), "Come let us Kiss and Part", 199-? [medium voice and piano], from Two Early Songs, no. 1. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]