A Complaint

"A Complaint" is the third song in Robert Owens' song cycle Four Motivations for Baritone, op. 21. It sets text by William Wordsworth.

Date: 1969Composer: Robert OwensSong Collection: Four Motivations for Baritone, op. 21

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“A Complaint”

Text by William Wordsworth


There is a change — and I am poor;

Your love hath been, nor long ago,

A fountain at my fond heart’s door,

Whose only business was to flow;

And flow it did; not taking heed

Of its own bounty, or my need.


What happy moments did I count!

Blest was I then all bliss above!

Now, for that consecrated fount

Of murmuring, sparkling, living love,

What have I? Shall I dare to tell?

A comfortless and hidden well.


A well of love — it may be deep —

I trust it is, — and never dry:

What matter? If the waters sleep

In silence and obscurity.

— Such change, and at the very door

Of my fond heart, hath made me poor.

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