Birthday

(2007)
"Birthday" is the first song in Richard Pearson Thomas's song cycle​ Twilight, which sets the poetry of Christina Rossetti.

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The audio recording, provided in the audio player to the right, features Natalie Mann, soprano, and Jeffrey Panko, piano. Used with permission of the performers. To listen, click on the track name itself.
My heart is like a singing bird
by Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a purple sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleur-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love, is come to me.

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