¶ Love. (III)
LOve bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back, Guiltie of dust and sinne. But quick-eyd Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning, If I lackd any thing. A guest, I answerd, worthy to be here: Love said, You shall be he. I the unkinde, ungratefull? Ah my deare, I cannot look on thee. Love took my hand, and smiling did reply, Who made the eyes but I? Truth Lord, but I have marrd them: let my shame Go where it doth deserve. And know you not, sayes Love, who bore the blame? My deare, then I will serve. You must sit down, sayes Love, and taste my meat: So I did sit and eat.
Ralph Vaughan Williams composed 5 Mystical Songs using George Herberts poems: 1. Easter ["Easter" section A] hear beginning portion, 2. I Got Me Flowers ["Easter" section B], 3. Love Bade Me Welcome ["Love (III)"], 4. The Call, and 5. Antiphon ["Antiphon (I)"].
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