To a lovely myrtle bound, Blossoms showering all around, Oh, how weak and weary I Underneath my myrtle lie! Why should I be bound to thee, O my lovely myrtle tree? Love, free love cannot be bound To any tree that grows on ground.
Two Poems of William Blake
Song Cycle by Richard Franko Goldman (1910 - 1980)
1. To a lovely myrtle bound  [sung text not yet checked]
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "In a myrtle shade" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
See other settings of this text.Sometimes titled "To my Myrtle" with only lines 1-6
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2. The shepherd  [sung text not yet checked]
How sweet is the Shepherd's sweet lot! From the morn to the evening he strays; He shall follow his sheep all the day, And his tongue shall be fillèd with praise. For he hears the lamb's innocent call, And he hears the ewe's tender reply; He is watchful [while]1 they are in peace, For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "The shepherd", appears in Songs of Innocence and Experience, in Songs of Innocence, no. 2, first published 1789 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El pastor", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
1 Cooke: "when"
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry