Give Me Your Hand

(1971)

"Give Me Your Hand" is a song by John Duke setting a poem of John Hall Wheelock.

"Give Me Your Hand" is included in the John Duke volume, Songs, Vol. 2, Medium Voice, published by Southern Music Company.

In the Solitude
by John Hall Wheelock


Give me your pitiful, soft hand, and lay
Your cheek against my shoulder, let your head
Rest heavily, and your loose hair be shed
Where the heart breaks with what it cannot say-
Springtime is in the air, the winds of May
Rustle the swaying curtains, and are fled;
Give me your hand- ah, let no word be said,
Let the great will of silence have its way.


You do not love me, and at last I know
How far lies the lost land for which I pine-
But in the lonely passion of my mood
I feel your pulses toward my pulses flow,
And the dear blood that, through your hand, to mine,
Whispers her pity in the solitude.


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