Song for Setting: Inscribed to Karl Pflueger, Melodist

OH, marry me to music soon !
My lover’s lay kept saying, saying.
Let some fine harmonist give tune
To my sweet words — and I, obeying,
Laid in my master’s hand the song
For him to grace with gentle measure,
And give it life to linger long
In maidens’ hearts a joy and treasure.
And now my song seems new to me
That all day long I ’m singing, singing,
And all the summer by the sea
My master’s measure shall be ringing.
Our brook shall stay to list the lay
That Master Karl to music married,
And then go bounding to the bay
All the more bright for having tarried.
Thomas William Parsons.