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A song in the heart

Mar 31, 2013 By Steven R. Peck

Oscar Hammerstein wasn't writing about Easter in 1949 when he came up with the lyrics to "Younger Than Springtime" for the landmark musical "South Pacific," which he wrote with his longtime collaborator, Richard Rodgers.

But he might as well have been. It has a lot of "Eastery" things in it. It speaks of joy, of music, of laughter, of youth, of companionship, of love, of a full heart and, yes, of heaven and earth.

"Younger than springtime, are you

Softer than starlight, are you,

Warmer than winds of June,

Are the gentle lips you gave me.

Gayer than laughter, are you,

Sweeter than music, are you,

Angel and lover, heaven and earth,

Are you to me.

And when your youth

And joy invade my arms,

And fill my heart as now they do,

Then younger than springtime, am I,

Gayer than laughter, am I,

Angel and lover, heaven and earth,

Am I with you!"

Happy Easter.

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