Nocturnal

Song Cycle by Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 - 1994)

Word count: 342

1. Come! [sung text checked 1 time]

Will you come in early spring?
Come at Easter, or in May?
Or when Whitsuntide may bring
Longer light to show your way?

Will you come, if you be true
For to quicken love anew?
Will you call in spring or fall?
O come, o come now soon!

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2. Will you come? [sung text checked 1 time]

Will you come?
[Will you come?]1
Will you ride
So late
At my side?
O, will you come?

[Will you come?
Will you come]1
If the night
Has a moon,
[Full and bright?
O, will you come]1?

[Would you come?]1
Would you come
If the noon
Gave light,
Not the moon?
[Beautiful]2, would you come?

[Would you have come?]1
Would you have come
Without scorning,
Had it been
Still morning?
Beloved, would you have come?

If you come
Haste and come,
Owls have cried;
It grows dark 
To ride.
Beloved, beautiful, come.

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1 omitted by Maconchy.
2 Maconchy: "O beautiful"

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3. To the night [sung text checked 1 time]

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  Death will come when thou art dead, 
     Soon, too soon -
 Sleep will come when thou art fled; 
   Of neither would I ask the boon 
 I ask to thee, beloved Night -
 Swift be [thine]1 approaching flight,
     Come soon, soon!

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1 Maconchy: "thy"

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