What shall I your true love tell?

composer
31 May 1919
author of text

 
What shall I your true love tell? is a fine song. Over a bare accompaniment a dying girl is asked what messages she has for her absent beloved, and her desperate struggles to reply are clearly expressed in the music. Once again Bridge has changed a word in the poem, writing in verse two ‘believe’ for Francis Thompson’s ‘conceive’; in this case the change is not an improvement. In stanza five ‘speaking-while is scant’ means ‘there is little time left to speak’, and a ‘postulant’ is a candidate, usually used in connection with entrance to the nun’s vocation, both these ideas indicating the nearness of death.

from notes by Michael Pilkington © 1997

Recordings

Bridge: Songs
CDD220712CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Details

Track 15 on CDD22071 CD2 [3'32] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Track-specific metadata for CDA67181/2 disc 2 track 15

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-18215
Duration
3'32
Recording date
16 January 1997
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Bridge: Songs (CDA67181/2)
    Disc 2 Track 15
    Release date: June 1997
    Deletion date: April 2008
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22071
  2. Bridge: Songs (CDD22071)
    Disc 2 Track 15
    Release date: July 2014
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)