Dear love, when in thine arms I lie and feel thy faithful heart throbbing with love which cannot die, and know how true thou art. Ah, why unbidden to mine eyes should foolish teardrops thronging rise? Why should I weep? Dear love, thy kiss falls on my mouth, thine arms hold me again; I drink thy looks, as earth in drouth drinks drops of welcome rain. Once more, upon thine ardent breast my glowing cheeks are hidden pressed, and yet I weep. When thou art gone, and I am lone, bereft of life in thee, when all this joy, which we have known, lost in the past shall be; then, when undone by sorrow's ache in death my heart shall refuge take, I shall not weep.
- by Arlo Bates (1850 - 1918), appears in Told in the Gate, first published 1892 [author's text not yet checked 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 George Whitefield Chadwick (1854 - 1931), "Dear love, when in thine arms", from Lyrics from "Told in the Gate", no. 6 [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler
This text was added to the website: 2020-04-20
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