by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861)

May's love
Language: English 
You love all, you say,
  Round, beneath, above me:
Find me then some way
  Better than to love me,
Me, too, dearest May!

O world-kissing eyes
  Which the blue heavens melt to; 
I, sad, overwise,
  Loathe the sweet looks dealt to
All things -- men and flies.

You love all, you say:
  Therefore, Dear, abate me
Just your love, I pray!
  Shut your eyes and hate me --
Only me -- fair May !


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

  • by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "May's love", published [1884?] [ high voice and piano ], first ublished in in the Christmas edition of Harmony Magazine, issued by the Musical Reform Association; British Library gives 1884 as the year of issue, but M. Pilkington in English Solo Song, Thames, 1997, gives 1894 as the year of issue [sung text checked 1 time]

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This text was added to the website: 2010-04-30
Line count: 15
Word count: 71