I heard a linnet courting His lady in the spring; His mates were idly sporting, Nor stayed to hear him sing His song of love. -- I fear my speech distorting His tender love. One phrase was all his pleading, He spoke of love and home: To her who gave him heeding He sang his question: “Come!” His gay, sweet notes, -- So sadly marred in the reading! His tender notes! And when he ceased, the hearer Re-echoed the refrain, And swiftly perching nearer, “Come, come!” she sang again. Ah for their loves! Would that my verse spake clearer, Their tender loves! Blest union of twin creatures Unmarred by sense of doubt: All summer's dry misfeatures Such springtide trust bars out; But of their loves Fall short our wiser natures: Their tender loves!
C. Stanford sets stanzas 1-3
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Confirmed with The Shorter Poems of Robert Bridges, Geo Bell & Sons, London, 1891, page 9
- by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844 - 1930), no title, appears in The Shorter Poems of Robert Bridges, first published 1891 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "The Linnet", published 1902, stanzas 1-3 [ voice and piano ], first published in the September 1902 edition of The Vocalist [sung text checked 1 time]
Set in a modified version by Seymour Barab, Harry Brook, Benjamin James Dale, Dorothea Edge, Victor Edward Galway, Ivy Herbert, Harold Noble, Horace Ian Parrott, Douglas Steele, David E. Stone, James Oldfield Turner.
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