Gerald Finzi (1901-1956): I have loved flowers that fade

The second in Finzi’s song cycle of seven songs setting poems by Robert Bridges ‘I have loved flowers that fade’ exemplifies Finzi’s skill at marrying the text’s words with pitch and rhythm to express the poet’s meaning. Enjoy :-).


Gerald Finzi (1901-1956): I have loved flowers that fade

I have loved flowers that fade,
Within whose magic tents
Rich hues have marriage made
With sweet unmemoried scents:
A honeymoon delight,
A joy of love at sight,
That ages in an hour
My song be like a flower!.

I have loved airs that die
Before their charm is writ
Along a liquid sky
Trembling to welcome it.
Notes, that with pulse of fire
Proclaim the spirit’s desire,
Then die, and are nowhere
My song be like an air!.

Die, song, die like a breath,
And wither as a bloom;
Fear not a flowery death,
Dread not an airy tomb!
Fly with delight, fly hence!
‘Twas thine love’s tender sense
To feast; now on thy bier
Beauty shall shed a tear.

Robert Bridges

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