Classical Caber: “The Good Morrow”

“You know what I’d really like for Christmas?” I offhandedly told Dirk at the beginning of December last year. “Write something for me.” Meaning a piece of music, of course. Dirk was in the middle of a creative drought so I thought the request might encourage him to start composing again.

Little did I know that my talented hubby was already hard at work on my Christmas present; he’d been writing a setting for bass (voice) and piano of The Good Morrow by the English Renaissance poet John Donne, which he gave me on Christmas morning. Dirk hasn’t recorded it yet; maybe that’ll be my birthday present . The first time I heard it, I cried. Dirk had started writing again, and the first thing he’d written was for me. It was beautiful, even in computer-generated form. Here are the lyrics:

I wonder by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? were we not wean’d till then?
But suck’d on country pleasures, childishly?
Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den?

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone;
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown;
Let us possess one world; each hath one, and is one.

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Where can we find two better hemispheres
Without sharp north, without declining west?
Whatever dies, was not mix’d equally.

If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike that none can slacken, none can die.

In celebration of my third anniversary as a Titan exclusive, I’m happy to share my hubby’s setting of The Good Morrow with you! (You can play it in the embedded player above, or click here to play it at SoundCloud.) And it’s not the only anniversary celebration I’ve got planned… stay tuned for more good stuff later this week!

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6 replies
  1. Cyn
    Cyn says:

    Wow! Just wow! I love history, literature and music and I write (NOT music) and this is just wonderful, Dirk. No wonder you ended up in tears, Jesse. Now for him to record those amazing lyrics by Donne. TY for the treat ;-).

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  2. Lyne Beausejour
    Lyne Beausejour says:

    This is absolutely a beautiful story. Your lover writing for you is in my opinion the most romantic and show of love that someone can offer. Musically speaking that piece is beautiful. Because of my French speaking heritage I do not know the poet. So this will give me the opportunity to research and learn something new. However, what really made me react and made me sad is when I saw Dirk’s picture at his computer and saw how he has to work for his craft. It actually made me tear up knowing that he could so much use my piano but the logistics are not feasible. It breaks my heart!

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  3. Jason E. Loper (Jdawgie)
    Jason E. Loper (Jdawgie) says:

    OMG I love it, I even tried singing a bit of it … I used to sight read alot and was a Tenor from elementary school – after graduation of High school. I love it and it’s soo meaningful. Dirk is so precious for doing this for you Jesse!

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  4. Sam Glass Jr.
    Sam Glass Jr. says:

    Is there anything that expresses love for someone in a more deep or meaningful fashion, than when they create something for you? This is wonderful, Jesse…thanks for sharing Dirk’s creativity with us – this piece, as well as all the others we’ve been able to listen to.

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