I Take Thee (SATTBB) – PDF Download


Duration c.4’

Suitable for: Professional or amateur choirs. Soprano part is low and is suitable for high altos.

Themes: Marriage, love, acceptance & commitment.

I Take Thee was commissioned for The Gesualdo Six by Stephen Bence as a gift to his wife Ayesha Vardag to celebrate the occasion of their tenth anniversary and the birth of their second son in September 2020. The text chosen is a poem by Imtiaz Dharker and the first performance was given at St John’s Smith Square on the 11th November 2020.

Listen to their recording here.

Text:  by Imtiaz Dharker, from Over the Moon Bloodaxe Books 2014

I take
your body where love takes place
I take
your mouth where my life takes shape
I take
your breath which makes my space
I take
you as you are for good
I take
you with open arms to have
I take
you to have
and to hold but not to hold
too hard I take
you for farther for closer
for sooner for later till
death tries to get us
and we laugh and we stall
and we tell it to call some other
fine day because we are busy today taking our tea with buttered
hope and
I take thee
I take thee.

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