How delicious is the winning Of a kiss at love's beginning, When two mutual hearts are sighing, For the knot there's no untying! Bind the sea to slumber stilly, Bind its odour to the lily, Bind the aspen ne'er to quiver, Then bind love to last forever. Love's a fire that needs renewal Of fresh beauty for its fuel: Love's wing moults when caged or captured, Only free he soars enraptured. Can you keep the bee from ranging, Or the ring-dove's neck from changing? No! nor fetter'd love from dying, In the knot there's no untying.
- by Thomas Campbell (1777 - 1844) [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 Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 - 1994), "The knot there's no untying", 1973-4, published 1976 [voice and harp], from Three Songs for Voice and Harp, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2012-02-11
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Word count: 96