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 !
- by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861), "May's love", appears in Last Poems, first published 1862 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- 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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