Over the mountains, And over the waves, Under the fountains And under the graves. Under floods that are deepest Which Neptune obey, Over rocks that are steepest, Love will find out the way. Where there is no place For the glow-worm to lie, Where there is no space For receipt of a fly; Where the midge dare not venture Lest herself fast she lay, If love come, he will enter And [soon find out his way]1. You may esteem him A child for his might; Or you may deem him A coward from his flight; But if she whom love doth honour Be conceal'd from the day, Set a thousand guards upon her, Love will find out the way. Some think to [lose him By having]2 him confined; [And]3 some do suppose him, Poor thing, to be blind; But if ne'er so close ye wall him, Do the best that ye may, Blind love, if so ye call him, [Will find out his way]4. You may train the eagle To stoop to your fist; Or you may inveigle The phoenix of the East, The lioness, [ye]5 may move her to [give]6 o'er her prey; But you'll ne'er stop a lover: [He will find out his way]7.
Song Cycle by Hans Gál (1890 - 1987)
1. Love will find out a way  [sung text not yet checked]
- from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Love will find out the way", appears in Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, collected by Thomas Percy [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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1 Quilter: "will find out the way"
2 Quilter: "loose him/ Or have"
3 omitted by Quilter.
4 Quilter: "Soon will find out his way"
5 Quilter: "you"
6 Quilter: "get"
7 Quilter: "love shall find out the way"
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2. An epitaph  [sung text not yet checked]
Like thee I once have stemm'd the sea of life, Like thee have languish'd after empty joys, Like thee have labour'd in the stormy strife, Been grieved for trifles, and amused with toys. Forget my frailties; thou art also frail: Forgive my lapses; for thyself may'st fall: Nor read unmoved my artless tender tale -- I was a friend, O man, to thee, to all.
- by James Beattie (1735 - 1803), "An epitaph" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
3. To Sleep  [sung text not yet checked]
O soft embalmer of the still midnight! Shutting with careful fingers and benign Our gloom-pleas'd eyes, embower'd from the light, Enshaded in forgetfulness divine; O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee, close In midst of this thine hymn my willing eyes, Or wait the "Amen" ere thy poppy throws Around my bed its lulling charities. Then save me, or the passèd day will shine Upon my pillow, breeding many woes, - Save me from curious Conscience, that still [lords]1 Its strength for darkness, burrowing like [a]2 mole; Turn the key deftly in the oilèd wards, And seal the hushèd Casket of my Soul.
- by John Keats (1795 - 1821), "To Sleep", written 1819? [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , "Sonnet", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- NYN Norwegian (Nynorsk) (Are Frode Søholt) , "Sonnette", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- SPA Spanish (Español) (Pablo Sabat) , "Soneto"
First published in a Plymouth newspaper in 1838
1 changed to "hoards" by Richard Woodhouse, and kept by Keats in the second transcription. Chávez uses this version.
2 changed to "the" in Keats' second transcription. Chávez uses this as well.
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4. Phillida and Corydon  [sung text not yet checked]
In the merrie moneth of Maye, In a morne by break of daye, With a troope of damselles playing Forthe 'I yode' forsooth a maying; When anon by a wood side, Where that Maye was in his pride, I espied all alone Phillida and Corydon. Much adoe there was, God wot: He wold love, and she wold not. She sayde, "Never man was trewe;" He sayes, "None was false to you." He sayde, hee had lovde her longe; She sayes, love should have no wronge. Corydon wold kisse her then; She sayes, "Maydes must kisse no men, "Tyll they doe for good and all." When she made the shepperde call All the heavens to wytnes truthe, Never loved a truer youthe. Then with manie a prettie othe, Yea and nay, and faithe and trothe, Suche as seelie shepperdes use When they will not love abuse, Love, that had bene long deluded, Was with kisses sweete concluded; And Phillida with garlands gaye Was made the lady of the Maye.
- by Nicholas Breton (1542 - 1626), "Phillida and Corydon" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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