Ah, yes, I love thee (from The Fencing Master, 1902)

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This lovely duet from his operetta The Fencing Master shows DeKoven at his romantic best.

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Ah, yes, I love thee,
Have loved thee in all of the bygone years;
Ah, yes, I love thee,
Have loved thee with hopes and fears.
Yes, a woman’s heart beats in my breast,
Only for thee. Faithful ever ’twill be.
I adore thee, yet implore thee,
Hold my secret in thy keeping:
Thine forever, naught can sever,
Fate has linked our lives together, dear!
E’er true to thee, love of mine.
Let naught divide. E’er at thy side
I’ll be with thee.
My heart is thine, dear, forever.
Yes, thine only.
Take thou this floweret,
The emblem of love budding fresh and fair;
Lest thy love fade too soon,
Oh, dear one, I pray thee, beware.
I have held thine image in my heart, through the long years;
Now I smile through tears.
I adore thee, yet implore thee,
Hold my secret in thy keeping.
All my life is thine alone;
I give my life to thee, my own.


You love me? Ah! What secret is here?
Ah! Thou lovest me?
’Tis in my keeping. Naught shall part.
I have wandered ever seeking
A love enduring as thine.
Faithful thou and true,
thy love the purest, the most divine.
Naught shall ever part us,
Dear one of my soul!
Dear heart, believe me,
My heart is thine forever.
Tell me, tell me once again,
You love me, love me only.
This floweret I take, dear,
Emblem of love, emblem of love.
Nay, ’twill last fore’er,
Love cannot die, love as true as mine.
Long I sought for such a heart through bygone years;
And now there end all doubts and fears:
I adore thee, I adore thee.
My heart’s in thy keeping forever.
All my life is thine alone;
I give my life to thee, my own.