Lyrical Songs

Song Cycle by Bryceson Treharne (1879 - 1948)

Word count: 145

?. In a gondola [sung text not yet checked]

The moth's kiss, first! 
Kiss me as if you made me believe
You were not sure, this eve,
How my face, your flower, had pursed
Its petals up; so, here and there
You brush it, till I grow aware
Who wants me, and wide ope I burst. 

The bee's kiss, now! 
Kiss me as if you enter'd gay
My heart at some noonday,
A bud that dares not disallow
The claim, so all is render'd up,
And passively its shatter'd cup
Over your head to sleep I bow.

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?. I send my heart up to thee [sung text not yet checked]

I send my heart up to thee, all my heart 
  In this my singing,
For the stars help me, and the sea, and the sea bears part;
  The very night is clinging
Closer to Venice' streets to leave one space 
  Above me, whence thy face
May light my joyous heart to thee, to thee its dwelling place.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Denise Ritter Bernardini) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Confirmed with The World’s Best Poetry, ed. by Bliss Carman, et al. Philadelphia: John D. Morris & Co., 1904; Bartleby.com, 2012. http://www.bartleby.com/360/2/248.html ; an excerpt from a longer poem titled "Love's power", subtitled "In a gondola" (the beginning).


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