My true love hath my heart, and I have his, By just exchange one [for another]1 given: I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss, There never was a better bargain driven: My true love hath my heart, and I have his. His heart in me keeps him and me in one, My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides: He loves my heart, for once it was his own, I cherish his because in me it bides: My true love hath my heart, and I have his.
Two Songs of Friendship
Song Cycle by (Gerald) Graham Peel (1878 - 1937)
1. The bargain  [sung text not yet checked]
- by Philip Sidney, Sir (1554 - 1586), title 1: "The bargain", title 2: "A ditty" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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Confirmed with Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824-1897), The Golden Treasury., 1875, as "A ditty"
Parodied in Archibald Stodart-Walker's My true friend hath my hat.1 Parry: "to the other"
Note: Somervell's setting has several changes to the punctuation (as supplied by Mike Pearson):
Line One: No first comma Line Two: "giv'n" and full stop not colon Line Three: No first comma Line Four: "driv'n" and full stop not colon Line Five: No first comma Line Seven: Full stop not colon Line Eight: Full stop not colon Line Ten: No first comma
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2. The bond  [sung text not yet checked]
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