Stay with me a while, let me hold your hand,
Let us hide here from the icy cold,
For outside it is freezing and the night grows swiftly old.
Pass with me the evening and then the midnight chime,
Perchance we’ll wake at morning, glancing at the time,
And find we’re still together – perhaps you will be mine.
Or you might have fled, and I will not despair,
But merely hope that you avoided the worst of this bitter winter’s air.
It would be utterly wrong to say that this work was composed in a vacuum. In fact, the opening lines are almost directly adapted from Puccini’s Che Gelida Manina from his wonderful opera La Bohème. The version linked is performed by Carreras, and was chosen partly because he’s a wonderful singer, and partly because it has subtitles. If you want to watch the whole opera, but not see it live (Although you can now find great deals on the internet), then there are several versions on YouTube. There are a lot of great songs in it, and if you want an emotional and enriching experience, I would not hesitate for a moment before throwing La Bohème out as a suggestion.
Did you enjoy the poem? Or perhaps the aria? Or perhaps you’ve seen La Bohème, and have something to say about it. In any case, feel free to share, as always.
The Hapless Neo-Romantic