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What shall I your true love tell?
composer
31 May 1919
author of text

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'Bridge: Songs' (CDD22071)
Bridge: Songs
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What shall I your true love tell?
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

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