A Miscellany of Love Songs

Song Cycle by Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927)

Word count: 433

1. Strings in the earth and air [sung text not yet checked]

Strings in the earth and air 
  Make music sweet; 
Strings by the river where 
  The willows meet. 

There's music along the river 
  [For Love wanders there,]1
Pale [flowers]1 on his mantle, 
  Dark leaves on his hair. 

All softly playing, 
  With head to [the]3 music bent, 
And fingers straying 
  Upon an instrument.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 not set by Berio.
2 Coulthard: "flow'rs"
3 omitted by Coulthard

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2. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day [sung text not yet checked]

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
[Sometime]1 too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
  [So long]2 as men can breathe or eyes can see,
  So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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1 Wilkinson: "Sometimes"
2 Wilkinson: "As long"

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3. Love me not for comely grace [sung text not yet checked]

[Love not me for comely grace,]1
For my pleasing eye or [my pleasing]2 face,
Nor for any outward part,
[No,]3 nor for [my]4 constant heart:
  For [these]5 may [fail]6 or turn to ill,
   So [thou]7 and I shall sever:
Keep, therefore, a true [woman's]8 eye,
And love me still but know not why;
  So [hast thou]9 the same reason still
   To [doat upon]10 me ever!

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1 Baxter: "Love me not for comely grace"
2 added by Baxter.
3 omitted by Baxter.
4 Baxter: "a"
5 Head, Wilbye: "those"
6 Wilbye: "fade"
7 Baxter: "you"
8 Baxter: "lover's"
9 Baxter: "you have"
10 Baxter: "dote on"

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4. Spring, the sweet spring [sung text not yet checked]

Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year's pleasant king;
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play, the [shepherds pipe]1 all day,
And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit,
In every street these tunes our ears do greet,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!
Spring! The sweet Spring!

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Julia Hamann) , "Frühling", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Argento: "shepherd pipes"

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5. Two Epigrams: Antiquary. Manliness.

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If in his study he hath so much care
To hang all old strange things, let his wife beware.

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Thou call'st me effeminat, for I love womens joyes
I call not thee manly, though thou follow boyes.

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6. Be music, night [sung text not yet checked]

Be music, night
 [ ... ]

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7. Do me that love [sung text not yet checked]

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8. How instant joy [sung text not yet checked]

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9. From Love: Two Vignettes. Titled Mediterranean Beach: Day after Storm [sung text not yet checked]

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