It is not that I love you less Than when before your feet I lay: But to prevent the sad increase Of hopeless love, I keep away. In vain! (alas!) for ev'ry thing Which I have known belong1 to you, Your form does to my fancy bring, And makes my old wounds bleed anew. Who in the Spring from the new Sun Already has a fever got, Too late begins those shafts to shun, Which Phoebus through his veins has shot. Too late he would the pain assuage, And to shadows thick he doth retire; About with him he bears the [rage]2, And in his tainted blood the fire.3 But vow'd I have, and never must Your banish'd servant trouble you; For if I break, you may [distrust]4 The vow I made to love you, too.
J. Blow sets stanzas 1-2
2 Elgar: "pain"
3 Elgar here adds
Absence is vain for ev'ry thing That I have known belong to you, Your form does to my fancy bring, And makes my old wounds bleed anew.4 Elgar: "mistrust"
- by Edmund Waller (1608 - 1687), "The self banished", written 1645 [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 John Blow (1649 - 1708), "The self-banished", published 1700, stanzas 1-2, from Amphion Anglicus [text verified 1 time]
- by Edward Elgar, Sir (1857 - 1934), "The self banished", 1875 [soprano or tenor and piano], unpublished [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2009-02-07
Line count: 20
Word count: 136