I Not from the whole wide world I chose thee — Sweetheart, light of the land and the sea! The wide, wide world could not [inclose]1 thee, For thou art the whole wide world to me. II Years have flown since I knew thee first, And I know thee as water is known of thirst; Yet I knew thee of old at the first sweet sight, And thou art strange to me, Love, to-night.
A. Foote sets stanza 1
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Confirmed with Yale Book of American Verse, Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed., New Haven, 1912, Nbr. 219.1 Foote: "enclose"
- by Richard Watson Gilder (1844 - 1909), "Songs" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Arthur Foote (1853 - 1937), "Sweetheart", op. 43 (Six songs) no. 3, published 1899, copyright © 1899, stanza 1 [ high voice and piano ], Boston, Schmidt [sung text checked 1 time]
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