O Mary dear, that you were here With your brown eyes bright and clear. And your sweet voice, like a bird Singing love to its lone mate In the ivy bower disconsolate; Voice the sweetest ever heard! And your brow more... Than the ... sky Of this azure Italy. Mary dear, come to me soon, I am not well whilst thou art far; As sunset to the sphered moon, As twilight to the western star, Thou, beloved, art to me. O Mary dear, that you were here; The Castle echo whispers 'Here!'
M. White sets lines 1-5, 10-15
About the headline (FAQ)
- by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822), "To Mary", first published 1824 [author's text checked 1 time 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 (Henry) Elliot Button (1861 - ?), "O Mary dear", published c1910 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Howard Glover (1819 - 1875), "Mary dear", published 1863 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Adolph B. Mann (1873?4 - 1941), "To Mary", published 1923 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937), "To Mary", published 1882, lines 1-5,10-15, London: Boosey & Co. ; and London: Joseph Williams [sung text checked 1 time]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Konstantin Dmitrevich Bal'mont (1867 - 1942) , "К Мэри" [an adaptation] ; composed by Sigizmund Mikhailovich Blumenfel'd.
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2005-01-26
Line count: 16
Word count: 92