Did you not hear my lady?
performance time approx 2m 15s
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This song is a completely new setting by Alison West of the text of the well-known song Silent Worship, written by Arthur Somervell in 1928. Somervell's song itself was an English language version of an aria from Handel's opera Tolomeo, dating from 200 years earlier.
Did you not hear My Lady
Go down the garden singing?
Blackbird and thrush were silent
To hear the alleys ringing.
Oh saw you not My Lady
Out in the garden there,
Shaming the rose and lily,
For she is twice as fair?
Though I am nothing to her,
Though she must rarely look at me,
And though I could never woo her,
I love her till I die.
Surely you heard My Lady
Go down the garden singing,
Silencing all the songbirds,
And setting the alleys ringing.
But surely you see My Lady
Out in the garden there,
Rivalling the glittering sunshine
With a glory of golden hair.
Arthur Somervell (1863 – 1937)
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