Ah, Love, But a Day (op. 44, no. 2)

"Ah, Love, But a Day" is the second song in Beach's Three Browning Songs, op. 44. This song is one of her more chromatic songs and has been compared to the songs of Brahms.

Date: 1900Composer: Amy Marcy BeachText: Robert BrowningSong Collection: Three Browning Songs, Op. 44

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Ah, Love, But a Day

Ah, Love, but a day,
And the world has changed!
The sun’s away,
And the bird estranged;
The wind has dropped,
And the sky’s deranged;
Summer has stopped.

Look in my eyes!
Wilt thou change too?
Should I fear surprise?
Shall I find aught new
In the old and dear,
In the good and true,
With the changing year?

Thou art a man,
But I am thy love.
For the lake, its swan;
For the dell, its dove;
And for thee — (oh, haste!)
Me, to bend above,
Me, to hold embraced.

Recordings

Ah! Love, But A Day

(Amy Marcy Beach, Margaret Bonds, Libby Larsen, Margaret Ruthven Lang, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, Gladys Rich, Traditional and Gwyneth Van Anden Walker)

1998

Sheet Music

Three Browning Songs

Composer(s): Amy Beach

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Ah, Love, But a Day

Composer(s): Amy Beach

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