From the recording We May Live Ever, soprano/piano
Hoorable Mention Diana Barnhardt Art Song Competition 2005.
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompence.
Thy love is such I can no way repay.
The heav'ns reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever.