My Master Hath a Garden

(1963)
This piece was completed January 20, 1963 in New York City. It is dedicated to Marjorie Hayward Madey, a singer who trained at The Juilliard School. After her training she went to Paris, was introduced to Poulenc and performed with him frequently. She eventually married a physician, settled in Louisiana and raised three children. My Master Hath a Garden is included in Eight Songs, published by Boosey & Hawkes, (1981).

--Esther Jane Hardenbergh
My Master hath a Garden

My Master hath a garden
Full-filled with diverse flowers,
Where thou may'st gather posies gay
All times and hours.
Where nought is heard but paradise bird,
Harp, dulcimer and lute,
With cymbal and timbrel,
And the gentle sounding flute.

O Jesus, Lord, my heal and weal,
My bliss complete,
Make thou my heart thy garden plot,
True, fair and neat,
That I may hear this music clear,
Harp, dulcimer and lute,
With cymbal and timbrel,
And the gentle sounding flute.

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