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Song Based on Keats Poem..............

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2003 4:34 am
by Chrissy
Well here I am. I need to know. I am relentless in my search. I will not give up. Thus I come to you with my burning desire to know.

In the choir at my college, the women's part of the choir is singing a song called "Weep No More" In the front cover, it states that this song is based on a John Keats poem, however, it does not state [i]which[/i] John Keats poem.

So the question is What John Keats poem is this song based on???

PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 12:08 pm
by Despondence
Could you post more of the lyrics? A quick search turned up several candidates (e.g., from Endymion III: "O weep no more; I am a friend to love, to loves of yore.." ?)

More Lyrics.........

PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 4:39 am
by Chrissy
The lines are repetitive, and contain these:

Shed no tear, shed no tear, the flower will bloom another year
Dry your eyes, oh dry your eyes, for I was taught in paradise
to ease my breast of melodies
Weep no more, oh weep no more

that is basically the entire song, it just repeats those phrases.

thanks for you help so far!!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 10:34 am
by Despondence
Interesting - I found this little snippet:

Shed no tear-O shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Weep no more-O weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the root's white core.


According to the reference (Bartlett quotations, 1919), the above is attributed to Faery song I. It's not quite identical to your lyrics, but close enough that I believe it must be the source. Perhaps you can find out more yourself - and please post your findings here, I'll be interested in hearing the story behind this.

P.S. You can do these kind of searches yourself at bartleby.com

Quite correct.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 8:01 pm
by Chrissy
Yes, that is the correct poem for I too, have found the source. the complete poem, I believe, is thus:

Shed no tear-- O Shed no tear
The flower will bloom another year
Weep no more-- O weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the root's white core.
Dry your eyes-- O dry your eyes,
For I was taught in paradise
To ease my breast of melodies--
Shed no tear

Over head-- Look over head
'Mong the blossoms white and red--
Look up, Look up-- I flutter now
On this plush pomegranate bough--
See me-- 'tis this silvery bill
Ever cures the good man's ill--
Shed no tear-- O shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Adieu-- adieu-- I fly, adieu,
I vanish in the heavens blue--
Adieu-- adieu!

Thank you for all your effort in this endeavor.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 5:37 am
by TheLadyWithoutMercy
This sounds like an interesting song. Could you find the title and publisher for me? I would like to check to see if it's on musicnotes.com.