Vocalist Diana Peterson set the lyrics of Anne Bradstreet’s poem, “To My Dear and Loving Husband” (also known by its first few words, “If ever two were one”), to music in a beautiful melody for her album “Our Love Is Here To Stay“.
I arranged her gorgeous melody into a sumptuous Brahmsian art form treatment and performed the accompaniment on the album. The song has also been performed at family weddings.
Please enjoy this excerpt!
To My Dear and Loving Husband
A poem by Anne Bradstreet
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompetence.
Thy love is such I can no way repay.
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
Featured image by Jane Farr. http://janefarr.blogspot.com/2009/10/anniversary-calligraphy-flourish-friday.html