TTB + piano
Boosey & Hawkes

Listen to “Canst Thou Love Me Lady?”:


Composed for the Advanced Men’s Chorus of Washington Junior High School, Bentonville, Arkansas

Recording of the Advanced Men’s Chorus of Washington Junior High School, Andrea Ramsey conductor

Text adapted from Charles Stuart Calverley’s poem “Love”:

Canst thou love me, lady?
I’ve not learned to woo.
Still I love thee dearly, and my heart is true.
Thou hast lands and thou hast wealth,
but I love thee merely for thyself.
Love me lady, do.

Wilt thou love me, fairest?
Though I am not fair.
I, unkempt and common,
Thou, beyond compare.

Thou art bright and thou art kind,
canst thou love a man of simple mind?
Love me lady, do.
Love me lady, dearly, if you’ll be so good.
Though I don’t see clearly on what ground you should.
Yet, love me true and be my bride,
do not simply shove me aside.

Canst thou love me, lady?
What dost thou say, lady?
Love me truly, lady?
You do.

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