RTC-15: 1958 Eclogue for soprano, oboe (flute) and harpsichord (piano)

Text: Sir Walter Raleigh, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”
Commission: ?
Premiere: 1958, August, Vancouver International Festival
Other:

  1. 1985-02-10, Karen Jensen, soprano, Herman Keahey, oboe, Lawrence Ritchey, harpsichord, Eva Clare Hall, U of Manitoba
  2. 1985-05-06, Heidi Geddert, soprano, Richard Klassen, clarinet, Annele Ens Robertson, piano
    Aurora Musicale, Winnipeg

Publication: CMC


Eclogue was composed in 1958 to a poem written by Sir Walter Raleigh. “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” was written as a sequel to the anonymous pastoral poem, “Come Live with Me and Be My Love.”

If all the world and love were young.
And truth on ev’ry shepherd’s tongue,
These pretty pleasures might me move
To live with thee and be thy love.

Time drives the flocks from field to fold,
When rivers rage and rocks grow cold,
And Philomel becometh dumb;
The rest complains of cares to come.

The flowers do fade and wanton fields
To wayward winter reck’ning yields;
A honey tongue, a heart of gall,
Is fancy’s spring, but sorrow’s fall.

Thy gowns, they shoes, thy beds of roses,
Thy cap, the kirtle and thy posies,
Soon break, soon wither, soon forgotten
In folly ripe, in reason rotten.

Thy belt of straw and ivy buds,
Thy coral clasps and amber studs,
All these in me no means can move,
To live with thee and be thy love.

But could youth last and love still breed,
Had joys no date, nor age no heed,
Then these delights my mind might move,
To live with thee and be thy love.

Sir Walter Raleigh, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”