I Will Always Love You

(1971)

"I Will Always Love You" is a song by Ned Rorem setting a poem by Frank O'Hara. The songs can be found in the volume Ned Rorem: 50 Collected Songs, published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Poem
by Frank O'Hara


I will always love you
though I never loved you


a boy smelling faintly of heather
staring up at your window


the passion that enlightens
and stills and cultivates, gone


while I sought your face
to be familiar in the blueness


or to follow your sharp whistle
around a corner into my light


that was love growing fainter
each time you failed to appear


I spent my whole self searching
love which I thought was you


it was mine so briefly
and I never knew it, or you went


I thought it was outside disappearing
but it is disappearing in my heart


like snow blown in a window
to be gone from the world


I will always love you.


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