Desire (Mark Chapman)
- Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2013-02-23). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 476 kB Copyright: CC BY NC
- Edition notes: MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.
Description: Fundamental to this piece are word painting, and the recurrence of rhythmic motifs.
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Original text and translations
Bright eyes, sweet lips, with many fevers fill
The young blood, running wildly, as it must;
But lips and eyes beget a strange distrust.
Electric fingers send the sudden thrill
Through senses unsubservient to the will;
The flames die down, and leave a dim disgust;
Unfragrant kisses turn to drouth and dust;
I kiss; I feast; but I am hungry still.
O woman, woman, passionate but strong!
True to thy love as needle to the pole—
True to the truth, and not alone to me—
O mate and friend, elusive in the throng,
With thy clear brows, thy straight and upright soul,
Nameless—unknown—my hunger is for thee!