The Garden of Memory


"The Garden of Memory" is a song by Charles Ives setting a text by Irish author and politician Justin Huntley McCarthy. The song is included in Ives' volume Eleven Songs and Two Harmonizations.

There is a Certain Garden
by Justin Huntley McCarthy

There is a certain garden where I know
That flowers flourish in a poet's spring,
Where aye young birds their amorous matins sing,
And never ill wind comes, nor any snow.

But if you wonder where so fair a show,
Where such eternal pleasure may be seen,
I say, my memory keeps that garden green,
Wherein I loved my first love long ago.

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