I held Love's head while it did ache; But so it chanced to be; The cruel pain did his forsake, And forwith came to me. Ay me! how shall my grief be stilled? Or where else shall we find One like to me, who must be killed For being too too kind?
About the headline (FAQ)
- by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674), "Upon love" [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 Alan Bullard (b. 1947), "I held love's head" [text not verified]
- by Fritz Bennicke Hart (1874 - 1949), "The head-ake", op. 50 (Twenty-Five Songs in Five Sets of Five Each: Set I) no. 1 (1922). [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Peter Warlock (1894 - 1930), "I held Love's head", 1923, published 1924. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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