Love Poems

by Stanley Grill (b. 1953)

Word count: 176
musical settings of poems by W. C. Williams

for SSAA

1. Your Lovely Hands [sung text checked 1 time]

Your lovely hands,
Your lovely tender hands!
Reflections of what grace
what heavenly joy
predicted for the world
in knowing you
blest, as am I,
and humbled by 
such ecstasy.

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

2. When I Saw the Flowers [sung text checked 1 time]

When I saw the flowers
I was thunder-struck!
You should not have been
Tulips, Tulips,
she said
and smiled.

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

3. I Bought a New Bathing Suit [sung text checked 1 time]

I bought a new
bathing suit
Just pants
and a brassiere — 
I haven't shown
it
to my mother
yet.

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

4. Better Than Flowers [sung text checked 1 time]

Better than flowers
is a view of yourself
my darling
I'm so glad you came
I thought I should never
see you again.

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

5. Song from "The Birth of Venus" [sung text checked 1 time]

Come with us and play!
See, we have breasts as women!
From your tents by the sea
Come play with us: it is forbidden!

Come with us and play!
Lo, bare, straight legs in the water!
By our boats we stay,
Then swimming away
Come to us: it is forbidden!

Come with us and play!
See, we are tall as women!
Our eyes are keen:
Our hair is bright:
Our voices speak outright:
We revel in the sea's green!
Come play:
It is forbidden!

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]