My Leman1 is so true Of love and full steadfast Yet seemeth ever new His love is on us cast. I would that all Him knew And loved Him firm and fast, They never would it rue But happy be at last. He lovingly abides Although I stay full long He will me never chide Although I choose the wrong. He says "Behold, my side And why on Rood I hung;" For my love leave thy pride And I thee underfong2. I'll dwell with Thee believe, Leman, under Thy tree. May no pain e'er me grieve Nor make me from Thee flee. I will in at Thy sleeve All in Thine heart to be; Mine heart shall burst and cleave Ere untrue Thou me see.
1 leman = lover (Christ)
2 underfong = take back
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, from "A Medieval Anthology", edited by Mary Segar.  [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934), "My Leman is so true", op. 35 no. 4 (1916-7), published 1917 [soprano or tenor and violin], from Four Songs for Voice and Violin, no. 4. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Geoffrey Wieting
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