ARAB LOVE SONG

ARAB LOVE SONG
Song
Roger Quilter
Percy Shelley
Hawkes & Son, London
The music is Quilter’s Op. 25, No. 4.
A “barb” is an Arab steed.
See “Arabian Love Song” for another setting of these words by Owen Wister.

My faint spirit was sitting in the light
Of thy looks, my love;
It panted for thee like the hind at noon
For the brooks, my love;
Thy barb, whose hoofs outspeed the tempest’s flight.
Bore thee far from me;
My heart, for my weak feet were weary soon,
Did companion thee.

Ah! fleeter far than fleestest storm or steed,
Or the death they bear,
The heart which tender thought clothes like a dove
With the wings of care;
In the battle, in the darkness, in the need,
Shall mine cling to thee,
Nor claim one smile for all the confort, love,
It may bring to thee.

Arabia/Araby
ARAB LOVE SONG