FROM THE DESERT

FROM THE DESERT
Bedouin Love-Song
Song
Dudley Buck
Bayard Taylor
G. Schirmer
Opus 87, No. 2

Also set to music by inter alia G. Chadwick (1890, 1st verse only),C. B. Hawley (1897) and Ciro Pinsuti (arr. H. W. Porter, 1925). The text varies slightly in the three versions (stallion, steed, Arab, etc.) and Hawley and Pinsuti include the second verse. See Bayard Taylor notes for complete list of composers and arrangements.

From the desert I come to thee On a stallion shod with fire,
And the winds are left behind In the speed of my desire.
Under thy window I stand, And the midnight hears my cry;
I love thee, I love but thee, With a love that cannot die

Till the sun grows cold,
And the stars are old,
And the leaves of the Judgment-book unfold.

Look from thy window and see My passion and my pain;
I lie on the sands below And I faint at thy disdain.
Let the night-winds touch thy brow With the heat of my burning sigh,
And melt thee to hear the vow Of a love that shall not die.

Till the sun grows cold,
And the stars are old,
And the leaves of the Judgment-book unfold.

My steps are nightly driven By the fever in my breast,
To hear from thy lattice breathed The word that shall give me rest.
Open the door of thy heart, And open thy chamber door,
And my kisses shall teach thy lips The love that shall fade no more.

Till the sun grows cold,
And the stars are old,
And the leaves of the Judgment-book unfold.

FROM THE DESERT