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My pent-up tears oppress my brain

27 December 1906
author of text

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


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


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

Track-specific metadata for CDD22071 disc 1 track 21

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 1 Track 21
    Release date: June 1997
    Deletion date: April 2008
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22071
  2. Bridge: Songs (CDD22071)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: July 2014
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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