Happy Valentine’s Day music lovers, archive lovers and lovers of Allan Blank! To celebrate this day of love, I wanted to share a composition by Mr. Blank based off the poem Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats from “Four Yeats Songs for Baritone or Tenor Voice and Piano.” A poem that questions the complexities of falling in love and the wonder of it all.

 

“Four Yeats Songs for Baritone or Tenor Voice and Piano” by Allan Blank, 1965

 

BROWN PENNY

I WHISPERED, ‘I am too young.’

And then, ‘I am old enough’;

Wherefore I threw a penny

To find out if I might love.

‘Go and love, go and love, young man,

If the lady be young and fair.’

Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,

I am looped in the loops of her hair.

O love is the crooked thing,

There is nobody wise enough

To find out all that is in it,

For he would be thinking of love

Till the stars had run away

And the shadows eaten the moon.

Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,

One cannot begin it too soon.

William Butler Yeats, 1910

 

Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day Dear Reader!

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