My Lizard (Wish For a Young Love) (op. 41, no. 2)


"My Lizard (Wish For a Young Love)" is the second song of Samuel Barber's song cycle Despite and Still, Op. 41.

Wish for a Young Wife
By Theodore Roethke

My lizard, my lively writher,
May your limbs never wither,
May the eyes in your face
Survive the green ice
Of envy’s mean gaze;
May you live out your life
Without hate, without grief,
And your hair ever blaze,
In the sun, in the sun,
When I am undone,
When I am no one.

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