Heart's Haven (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-16)   CPDL #53307:  Network.png
Contributor: Paolo Pandolfo (submitted 2019-02-16).  Score information: A4, 5 pages, 1.37 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Scanned score.

General Information

Title: Heart's Haven
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: A
Genre: SecularLied

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

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Original text and translations

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Sometimes she is a child within mine arms,
Cowering beneath dark wings that love must chase,—
With still tears showering and averted face,
Inexplicably fill'd with faint alarms:
And oft from mine own spirit's hurtling harms
I crave the refuge of her deep embrace,—
Against all ills the fortified strong place
And sweet reserve of sovereign counter-charms.

And Love, our light at night and shade at noon,
Lulls us to rest with songs, and turns away
All shafts of shelterless tumultuous day.
Like the moon's growth, his face gleams through his tune;
And as soft waters warble to the moon,
Our answering spirits chime one roundelay.