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My pent-up tears oppress my brain
composer
27 December 1906
author of text

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'Bridge: Songs' (CDD22071)
Bridge: Songs
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Track 21 on CDD22071 CD1 [2'34] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) NEW

My pent-up tears oppress my brain
My pent-up tears is a setting of the last twelve lines of a poem of forty-four lines, the first twenty-four of which were not published until 1958. Arnold, boating on the Thames with Fanny Wightman, was struggling for the courage to propose to her; the first part of the poem made the situation clearer—too clear for publication at the time. The setting may suggest ultimate failure through its intensely tragic mood, but in fact Arnold did propose and married Fanny in June 1851.

from notes by Michael Pilkington 1997

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