Two Songs of Friendship

Song Cycle by (Gerald) Graham Peel (1878 - 1937)

Word count: 90

1. The bargain [sung text not yet checked]

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.

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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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