Have You Seen But a White Lily Grow – 2-Part

2-Part Voices and Piano

Music by Earlene Rentz
Words by Ben Jonson (15721637)
Fine Poetry
Moderate Difficulty
Free with Purchase: Piano Accompaniment MP3, Rehearsal Preparation Sheet,Individual Voice Parts MP3s
Duration ca. 2:30


The text of this 2Part original setting was penned by English playwright and poet Ben Jonson. He begins the poem by asking if the reader has noticed some of life’s simple pleasures, then concludes by comparing the love of his life to all of the good, sweet things he had brought to our minds. Text painting for the poem is the primary technique used in music composition. The use of imitation and countermelodies enhances the tune and the overall movement of music in this ABA setting of fine poetry.