Life in a Love

"Life in a Love" is the sixth song in Rorem's massive song cycle Evidence of Things Not Seen.

Date: 1997Composer: Ned RoremText: Robert BrowningSong Collection: Evidence of Things Not Seen

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Life in a Love
by Robert Browning

Escape me?
Never –
While I am I, and you are you,
So long as the world contains us both,
Me the loving and you the loth,
While the one eludes, must the other pursue.
My life is a fault at last, I fear –
It seems too much like a fate, indeed!
Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed –
But what if I fail of my purpose here?

It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall,
And baffled, get up to begin again, –
So the chase takes up one’s life, that’s all.
While, look but once from your farthest bound,
At me so deep in the dust and dark,
No sooner the old hope drops to ground
Than a new one, straight to the selfsame mark,
I shape me –

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Evidence of Things Not Seen

Composer(s): Ned Rorem

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