Gerald Finzi (1901-1956): I praise the tender flower

Finzi published his Seven Part-songs setting the poetry of Robert Bridges in 1934 – they’re among his most popular works with choirs as a brief glance at YouTube will tell you although it can be surprisingly difficult to get your hands on good commercial recordings. Finzi loved poetry and the Bridges’ poetry with its focus on life’s transience appealed to him particularly. I praise the tender flower is the first in the series. Enjoy :-).


Gerald Finzi (1901-1956): I praise the tender flower

I praise the tender flower,
That on a mournful day
Bloomed in my garden bower
And made the winter gay.
Its loveliness contented
My heart tormented.
I praise the gentle maid
Whose happy voice and smile
To confidence betrayed
My doleful heart awhile;
And gave my spirit deploring
Fresh wings for soaring.
The maid for very fear
Of love I durst not tell:
The rose could never hear,
Though I bespake her well:
So in my song I bind them
For all to find them.

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, conducted by Christopher Robinson.
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