See! I give myself to you, Beloved! My words are little jars For you to take and put upon a shelf. Their shapes are quaint and beautiful, And they have many pleasant colours and lustres To recommend them. Also the scent from them fills the room With sweetness of flowers and crushed grasses. When I shall have given you the last one You will have the whole of me, But I shall be dead.
- by Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925), appears in Sword Blades and Poppy Seed [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 Jennifer Higdon (b. 1960), "A Gift", 2013 [ soprano, violin, cello and piano ], from Love Sweet, no. 4, confirmed with a CD booklet [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2021-02-20
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Word count: 74