Songs of the Woodland

Song Cycle by John Craig Cooper (b. 1925)

Word count: 146

1. Do not go my love [sung text not yet checked]

Do not go, my love, without asking my leave.
I have watched all night, 
and now my eyes are heavy with sleep;
I fear lest I lose you when I am sleeping.
Do not go, my love, without asking my leave.
I start up and stretch my hands to touch you.
I ask myself, "Is it a dream?"
Could I but entangle your feet with my heart,
And hold them fast to my breast!
Do not go, my love, without asking my leave.

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

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Geh' nicht weg, mein Liebster", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

2. Free me from the bonds [sung text not yet checked]

Free me from the bonds of your sweetness, my love! 
No more of this wine of kisses.
This mist of heavy incense stifles my heart.
Open the doors, make room for the morning light.
I am lost in you,
wrapped in the folds of your caresses.
Free me from your spells, 
and give me back the manhood 
to offer you my freed heart.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Löse mich aus den Fesseln deiner Süße, meine Geliebte!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]