Because thy heart to mine [Spake]1with a call divine, I did not question it, nor wait to know That it was wise to give surrender so, But down beneath thy feet I laid me low. I did not wait to find That thou [wast]2 loving, generous and kind, That love for thee would bring delight or woe, But, from within me or above, The mandate came to love thee, and I love!
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1 Allitsen: "Spoke"
2 Allitsen: "wert"
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, first published 1890 [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 (Mary) Frances Allitsen, née Bumpus (1848 - 1912), "Love's mandate", published 1905 [voice and piano], from Moods and Tenses (Phases in a Love Drama) - Cycle of Eight Songs, no. 2, London, New York: Boosey & Co. [ sung text checked 1 time]
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