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Ever through the changing
Of sun and shadow, time and space,
I will walk beside my love
In a green and quiet place.
Proof against the forms of fear
No distress shall alter me
I will walk beside my dear
Clad in love's bright heraldry.

Sound the battle's loud alarms
Any foe I shall withstand
In the circle of his arms
I am safe in Beulah Land.
Passion fades when joy is spent;
Lust is lure for gold and crime.
Beauty's kiss is transient -
Love alone is fixed in time.
Death cannot divide my love;
All we sealed with living vows.
Warm I'll sleep beside my love
In a cold and narrow house.

Never shall the mourning dove
Weep for us with accents wild;
I will walk beside my love
Who is husband, father, child.
As our earthly eyes grow dim
Let the ancient song be sung:
I will change along with him
So that both are ever young,
ever young.

This is the last aria from the opera (Ballad of Baby Doe). It's nowhere to be found online in its entirety, so I thought I'd post it here. It's not the same without the actual music, but I like the words too.

thank you

This is random, but Thanks so much for having the lyrics to "Always Through the Changing" online. I searched and searched just to figure out this one line that I couldnt understand from Beverly Sills' recording. :) Thank you!

Re: thank you

You're quite welcome! That's what they're there for :)

lyrics to Always through the changing

When I sang the role, the song began "Always through the changing"; and towards the end they are: "As our earthly eyes grow dim, still the old song will be sung."

Still, this was the only place I found the lyrics on line. Thank you.


Re: lyrics to Always through the changing

Y'know, I think you may be on to something there -- that's how I remember it too, which makes me wonder whether I typed this from the libretto and it was different.

You're quite welcome :)

Always through the changing

The Ballade of Baby Doe was broadcast on CBC radio on May 10, 2008 from a live performance in Calgary. I have another correction to the text. The next to last line should be:

"I shall change along with him" (not "will").