I Arise From Dreams of Thee


William Copper


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By the composer of Lovelife Dances

A cappella setting of the languid romantic poem by Shelley.

I Arise From Dreams of Thee

I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night 
When the winds are breathing low
And the stars are shining bright.

I arise from dreams of thee 
And a spirit in my feet
Has led me -- who knows how? --
To thy chamber window, sweet. 

The wandering airs, they faint
On the dark, the silent stream,
The champak odors fall 
Like sweet thoughts in a dream.

The nightingales complaint,
It dies upon her breast,
As I must die on thine,
Oh, beloved as thou art. 

Oh, lift me from the grass!
I die, I faint, I fail! 
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eye-lids pale;

My cheek is cold and white, alas,
My heart beats loud and fast.
Oh press it close to thine again
Where it will break at last. 

        Percy Bysshe Shelley

Copyright 2001 William P. Copper

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Copyright 2001 William P. Copper

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