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Ah, Love, But a Day (1899)


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Three Browning Songs


Ah, Love, But a Day

Ah, Love, but a day,
And the world has changed!
The sun’s away,
And the bird estranged;
The wind has dropped,
And the sky’s deranged;
Summer has stopped.
Look in my eyes!
Wilt thou change too?
Should I fear surprise?
Shall I find aught new
In the old and dear,
In the good and true,
With the changing year?
Thou art a man,
But I am thy love.
For the lake, its swan;
For the dell, its dove;
And for thee — (oh, haste!)
Me, to bend above,
Me, to hold embraced.

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Composer

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach was an American composer and pianist. She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music, and her "Gaelic" Symphony, premiered in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman.

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Poet

Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of the dramatic monologue made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known for their irony, characterization, dark humour, social commentary, historical settings, and challenging vocabulary and syntax. Read more here.

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