O My Friends, What Can You Tell Me of Love

Poet/Lyricist: 

Mirabai, translated by Jane Hirshfield

Part dance, part chant, O My Friends What Can You Tell Me Of Loveis a reflection of 16th century Indian Hindu mystic poet and saint, Mirabai’s, devotion to her Lord Krishna. A Rajput princess, Mira would escape the castle at night and join other Krishna devotees in town. Persecuted by her in-laws for her beliefs, she eventually left her home to set out on a pilgrimage, dancing from one Indian village to another. Her devotion to Lord Krishna is extolled in the many bhajans, or sacred poems, attributed to her. Mira is still popular throughout India, where millions have memorized her poems, and her poetry has been translated and published worldwide.

 

Premiere: 

One Voice Mixed Chorus, 2016

Level: 

Moderate
Item Voicing Media Price
HSP-114-01A
Full Score
SATB opt. hand drum, finger cymbals/wind chimes, tamb
$2.30
HSP-114-01AV
Vocal Score
SATB opt. hand drum, finger cymbals/wind chimes, tamb. $2.15
HSP-114-01AP
Percussion Score
SATB opt. hand drum, finger cymbals/wind chimes, tamb. $0.75
HSPD-114-01A
digital download
Full Score
SATB opt. hand drum, finger cymbals/wind chimes, tamb $1.38
HSPD-114-01AP
digital download
Percussion Score
SATB opt. hand drum, finger cymbals/wind chimes, tamb. $0.45
HSPD-114-01AV
digital download
Vocal Score
SATB opt. hand drum, finger cymbals/wind chimes, tamb. $1.29

Text:

Mira the Bee

O my friends,
What can you tell me of Love,
Whose pathways are filled with strangeness?
When you offer the Great One your love,
At the first step your body is crushed.
Next be ready to offer your head as his seat.
Be ready to orbit his lamp like a moth giving in to the light,
To live in the deer as she runs toward the hunter’s call,
In the partridge that swallows hot coals for love of the moon, In the fish that, kept from the sea, happily dies.
Like a bee trapped for life in the closing of the sweet flower, Mira has offered herself to her Lord.
She says, the single Lotus will swallow you whole. 

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