Sonntag, 30. Mai 2010


I am listening to the composition Fantasia, by Ralph Vaughn Williams. Based on the Greensleeves melody, it brings to my mind a strange serenity, forcing me recall dreams of Meadows and Pastures I haven't yet been . Now I know, what men mean by Mystical experience. I acknowledge, slowly, with almost dull reflectance that many songs I like are based on this melody. I am referring to "Home in the Meadows" of course, from "How the West was won". May God/s bless Debbie Reynolds.

This is how the original song goes :

Alas, my love, you do me wrong,
To cast me off discourteously.
For I have loved you well and long,
Delighting in your company.
Greensleeves was all my joy
Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
And who but my lady greensleeves.

Alas, my love, that you should own
A heart of wanton vanity,
So I must meditate alone
Upon your insincerity.
Your vows you've broken, like my heart,
Oh, why did you so enrapture me?
Now I remain in a world apart
But my heart remains in captivity.
I have been ready at your hand,
To grant whatever you would crave,
I have both wagered life and land,
Your love and good-will for to have.
If you intend thus to disdain,
It does the more enrapture me,
And even so, I still remain
A lover in captivity.
My men were clothed all in green,
And they did ever wait on thee;
All this was gallant to be seen,
And yet thou wouldst not love me.
Thou couldst desire no earthly thing,
but still thou hadst it readily.
Thy music still to play and sing;
And yet thou wouldst not love me.
Well, I will pray to God on high,
that thou my constancy mayst see,
And that yet once before I die,
Thou wilt vouchsafe to love me.
Ah, Greensleeves, now farewell, adieu,
To God I pray to prosper thee,
For I am still thy lover true,
Come once again and love me.

I am glad to say that it in no way disappoints.

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