O my blacke soule - Benjamin Britten





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Uploaded on Aug 2, 2009

Soprano Lesley Ann Dawes performing 'O my blacke soule' from Op. 35 (The holy Sonnets of John Donne) by Benjamin Britten. Maestro Alistair Dawes accompanies her at the piano.

Il soprano Lesley Ann Dawes canta 'O my black soule' dall' op. 35 (I sonetti sacri di John Donne) di Benjamin Britten. Al piano il maestro Alistair Dawes.


Oh my black Soule! Now thou art summoned
By sicknesse, deaths herald, and champion;
Thou art like a pilgrim, which abroad hath done
Treason, and durst not turne to whence hee is fled,
Or like a thiefe, which till deaths doome be read,
Wisheth himselfe deliverd from prison;
But damn'd and hal'd to execution,
Wisheth that sill he might be imprisioned;
Yet grace, if thou repent, thou canst not lacke;
But who shall give thee that grace to beginne?
Oh make thy selfe with holy mourning blacke;
And red with blushing, as thou art with sinne;
Or wash thee in Christ's blood, which hath this might
That being red, it dyes red soules to white.

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