Two Lovers


William Copper


Chorus SA, Piano


The first song from New Lovelife Dances. Two Lovers is two part, SA, with occasional division into four parts. Text by writer George Eliot, a novelist's poem of life-long love.

By the composer of Lovelife Dances

1. Two Lovers by George Eliot (Marian Evans) 1819-1880 Score Sample (pdf format) Synthesized Recording (mp3 format)
1.  Two lovers by a moss-grown spring:        4.  Two parents by the evening fire:
   They leaned soft cheeks together there,       The red light fell about their knees
   Mingled the dark and sunny hair,              On heads that rose by slow degrees
And heard the wooing thrushes sing.           Like buds upon the lily spire.
      O budding time!                                O patient life!
      O love's best prime!                           O tender strife!

2.  Two wedded from the portal stept:         5.  The two still sat together there,
   The bells made happy carollings,              The red light shone about their knees;
   The air was soft as fanning wings,            But all the heads by slow degrees 
White petals on the pathway slept.            Had gone and left that lonely pair.
      O pure-eyed bride!                             O voyage fast!
      O tender pride!                                O vanished past!

3.  Two faces o'er a cradle bent:             6.  The red light shone upon the floor
   Two hands above the head were locked;         And made the space between them wide;
   These pressed each other while they rocked,   They drew their chairs up side by side,
Those watched a life that love had sent.      Their pale cheeks joined, and said, "Once more!"
      O solemn hour!                                 O memories!
      O hidden power!                                O past that is!

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Copyright 2002 William P. Copper

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