by Philip Sidney, Sir (1554 - 1586)

My true love hath my heart and I have...
Language: English 
My true love hath my heart and I have his.
By just exchange, one [for]1 the other given:
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss;
There never was a [bargain better]2 driven[.]3
His heart in me keeps [me and him]4 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[.]3
His heart his wound received from my sight;
My heart was wounded with his wounded heart;
For as from me on him his hurt did light,
So still, methought, in me his hurt did smart:
Both equal hurt, in this change sought our bliss,
My true love hath my heart and I have his.

A. Foote sets lines 1-8
C. Gounod sets lines 1-8

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Parodied in Archibald Stodart-Walker's My true friend hath my hat.

1 Foote: "to"
2 Foote, Gounod, Rutter, Wilkinson: "better bargain"
3 Foote: ":/ My true love hath my heart and I have his." (first line is repeated)
4 Foote: "him and me"


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Set in a modified version by Vivian Fine, Hans Gál, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Graham Peel, Arthur Somervell, Sir.

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Word count: 125