A Poison Tree (Charles West)
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Title: A Poison Tree
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: William Blake
Number of voices: 3vv Voicing: TBB
Genre: Secular, Ballade
First published: 2017
Original text and translations
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,
And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.
from William Blake: Songs of Experience, 1794.