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|Work Title||My Life, I love you|
|Text Incipit||Maid of Athens, ere we part, Give, oh give me back my heart!|
|Librettist||George Gordon Byron (1788-1824)|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Romantic|
In submitting this Music to the candid decision of the Public, it may be proper to observe that every stanza of the Song which, is selected from the Poems subjoined to Lord Byron's "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage," concludes with the words a Romaic expression of tenderness, for which I have taken the liberty of substituting his Lordship's translation "My Life, I love you." In the third stanza, the vow "By all the token flowers &c." means those flowers which a lover sends to his mistress as a mark of his affection; for, as ladies in the East are not taught to write, lest they should scribble assignations, the sentiments of the parties are conveyed by flowers, cinders, pebbles &c. which have different significations. A bunch of flowers tied with hair, implies "Take me and fly."