My true love hath my heart, and I have his, By just exchange one for another given: I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss, There never was a better bargain driven: My true love hath my heart, and I have his. His heart in me keeps him and me in one, My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides: He loves my heart, for once it was his own, I cherish his because in me it bides: My true love hath my heart, and I have his.
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Confirmed with Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824-1897), The Golden Treasury., 1875, as "A ditty"
Parodied in Archibald Stodart-Walker's My true friend hath my hat.
Note: Somervell's setting has several changes to the punctuation (as supplied by Mike Pearson):
Line One: No first comma Line Two: "giv'n" and full stop not colon Line Three: No first comma Line Four: "driv'n" and full stop not colon Line Five: No first comma Line Seven: Full stop not colon Line Eight: Full stop not colon Line Ten: No first comma
- by Philip Sidney, Sir (1554 - 1586), title 1: "The bargain", title 2: "A ditty" [author's text checked 1 time 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 Vivian Fine (1913 - 2000), "The bargain", 1938, first performed 1941 [soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano], from Four Elizabethan Songs, no. 4. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Hans Gál (1890 - 1987), "True love", op. 51 no. 2 (1939), published 1949 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Four Madrigals, no. 2, Novello, London [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir (1848 - 1918), "My true love hath my heart", 1881-3, published 1885 [voice and piano], from English Lyrics, First Set, no. 1. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by (Gerald) Graham Peel (1878 - 1937), "The bargain", from Two Songs of Friendship, no. 1. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Arthur Somervell, Sir (1863 - 1937), "My true love hath my heart" [voice and piano] [ sung text verified 1 time]
Set in a modified version by Arthur Foote, Charles Gounod, Jake Heggie, Gustav Holst, William Martin Yeates Hurlstone, John Ireland, John Raynor, Stephen Wilkinson.
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2011-04-26
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Word count: 90