To His Imaginary Mistress

Song Cycle by Bruce Adolphe (b. 1955)

Word count: 153

1. Upon Julia's clothes [sung text not yet checked]

Whenas in silks my Julia goes,
Then, then (methinks) [how]1 sweetly flows
That liquefaction of her clothes. 

Next, when I cast mine eyes, and see
That brave vibration each way free,
O how that glittering taketh me!

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2. To the river [sung text not yet checked]

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3. The amber bead [sung text not yet checked]

I saw a fly within a bead
Of amber cleanly buried ;
The urn was little, but the room
More rich than Cleopatra's tomb. 

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4. A willow garland [sung text not yet checked]

Thou art to all lost love the best,
   The only true plant found,
Where-with young men and maids distrest,
   And left of love, are crown'd.

When once the lover's rose is dead,
   Or laid aside forlorn:
Then willow garlands 'bout the head
   Bedew'd with tears are worn.
	
When with neglect, the lover's bane,
   Poor maids rewarded be
For their love lost, their only gain
   Is but a wreath from thee.

And underneath thy cooling shade,
   When weary of the light,
The love-spent youth and lovesick maid
   Come to weep out the night.

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