I Will Always Love You

"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.

Date: 1971Composer: Ned RoremText: Frank O’Hara

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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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50 Collected Songs (high and low voice)

Composer(s): Ned Rorem

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