Two Poems of William Blake

Song Cycle by Richard Franko Goldman (1910 - 1980)

Word count: 105

1. To a lovely myrtle bound [sung text not yet checked]

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.


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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.


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

  • CAT Catalan (Catal√†) (Salvador Pila) , "El pastor", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Cooke: "when"

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry