Thou didst delight my eyes
Thou didst delight my eyes:
Yet who am I? nor first
Nor last nor best, that durst
Once dream of thee for prize;
Nor this the only time
Thou shalt set love to rhyme.
Thou didst delight my ear:
Ah! little praise; thy voice
Makes other hearts rejoice,
Makes all ears glad that hear;
And short my joy; but yet,
O song, do not forget.
For what were thou to me?
How shall I say? The moon,
That poured her midnight noon
Upon his wrecking sea; -
A sail, that for a day
Has cheered the castaway.
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941), "Thou didst delight my eyes", c1905. [baritone and orchestra] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Chester Duncan (1913 - 2002), "Thou didst delight my eyes", 1938. [baritone and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956), "Thou didst delight my eyes", 1951, published 1952. [TBB chorus a cappella] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Ivor (Bertie) Gurney (1890 - 1937), "Thou didst delight my eyes" [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934), "Thou didst delight mine eyes", published 1904. [satb chorus a cappella] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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