[When]1 Death to either shall come, - I pray it be first to me,- Be happy as ever at home, If so, as I wish, it be. Possess thy [heart]2, my own; And sing to the child on thy knee, [Or]3 read to thyself alone The songs [that I]4 made for thee.
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1 Gurney: "If"
2 Gurney: "soul"
3 Gurney: "And"
4 Gurney: "I have"
- by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844 - 1930), no title, appears in New Poems, first published 1899 [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 Ivor (Bertie) Gurney (1890 - 1937), "When Death to either shall come", 1920, published 1938 [voice and piano], from the collection A First Volume of Ten Songs, no. 9, London: Oxford University Press [text verified 1 time]
- by Muriel Emily Herbert (1897 - 1984), "When Death to either shall come", published 1923 [voice and piano], London : Augener [text not verified]
- by Sidney Homer (1864 - 1953), "When Death to either shall come", op. 34 (Four Modern Poems) no. 2. [text not verified]
- by Monroe Young , "When Death to either shall come", published <<1940. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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