Cæcilie Norby How Oft Lyrics

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HOW OFT (E. Norby/ W. Shakespeare)

How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st,
Upon that blessed wood whose motion sounds
With thy sweet fingers when thou gently sway'st
the wiry concord that mine ear confounds,
Do I envy those jacks that nimble leap
to kiss the tender inward of thy hand
whilst my poor lips, which should that harvest reap,
at the wood's boldness by thee blushing stand!
To be so tickled, they would change their state
and situation with those dancing chips
o'er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait,
making dead wood more blest than living lips.
Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.
Arabesque Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 The Dead Princess
  • 2 Wholly Earth
  • 3 No Air
  • 4 No Phrase
  • 5 Bei mir bist du schoen
  • 6 The Tears of Billie Blue
  • 7 Women of Santiago
  • 8 Pavane Opus 50
  • 9 Scheherazade
  • 10 I Will Say Goodbye
  • 11 Simple Theme
  • 12 Hvirvelvinden
  • 13 Forever You
  • 14 Nocturne
  • 15 How Oft
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