Willem Jeths – Monument to a Universal Marriage

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On December 2dn ‘Monument to a Universal Marriage’ will be performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

I breathe your sweet breath
which comes forth from your mouth;
when I am reborn each day;
I behold your beauty every day./
[every new day I behold your beauty.]
I long for the sweetness of your voice,
like a taste of the northern breeze./
[It’s my desire that I may hear your sweet voice,
even in the North Wind]
Love shall bring life to my limbs.

Give me your hands, holding your soul, I shall embrace it and live.
Speak my name, again and forever:
it shall not sound without answer.

Give me your hands, holding your soul,
I shall embrace it and live.
Speak my name, [my love] again, [my love] and forever, [my love]
it shall not sound without answer
my love [my love] my love [my love] my love [my love] my love
love love.

After a love song found in the grave of King Teje; Egypt, 18th dynasty (3300 years ago)
taken from: “The Life and Times of Akhnaton Pharaoh of Egypt” by Arthur Weigall (1910/1920)

translation: Alan Gardiner/Em Angevaare

Monument to a Universal Marriage can be performed by Soprano and Alto or Soprano and Baritone or Tenor and Baritone

More about the concert

Monument to a Universal Marriage at Donemus

Listen to the original version