Composer/poet Koepke spun a fun tale of romance, then set it to sprightly music that is a delight to sing, accompanied by a piano part that both supports the singers and adds to the drama. Treble choirs of all ages have been captivated by this magical piece. Over 200,000 copies have been sold.
Once two handsome gentlemen asked a fair young maid a question:
“What must we do to win your hand and gain your kind affection?”
One said he was “stronger by far” than any other man that she’d meet.
Also being braver than most, said, “Please marry me, I’m adoringly sweet.”
Then, said the other, “What if I give you diamonds and pearls, would you be my bride?
I can offer power and riches. All through your life you'll be satisfied.”
“Well,” she replied, “I’d make my selection,
and you’d receive my love and affection
if you danced on my heart, if you sang to my soul.
But alas, my heart is not pounding
and your songs are not sounding.
Therefore, I cannot marry you.”
Then a kindly gentleman asked the fair young maid the question:
“What must I do to win your hand and gain your kind affection?
I can only promise to love you, be at your side through all of my life.
I will be your faithful companion. Come take my hand, say you'll be my wife.”
“Sir,” she replied, “you are my selection,
and you’ll receive my love and affection
for you dance on my heart, and you sing to my soul.
I’ll take your hand,
wear your wedding band.
Yes, kind sir, I will marry you!”
"This is an exceptionally beautiful song with inspiring lyrics, modern harmonies and bright rhythms. " review by: JS,
North Hollywood, CA -
"This may be the catchiest and most beloved song i've ever sang in a choir. The lyrics are quite catchy and are reminiscent of a modern day madrigal. Don't think it's boring though. It's beautiful and fast paced, sure to be a showstopper!" review by: Susan Adams,
, - Choir Member
Featured on the following reading sessions 2016 | Michigan Music Conference Reading Sessions - January 22-23 in Grand Rapids, MI 2015 | Ithaca ACDA Reading Session 2015 | Teacher in-service - Fairfax County, Virginia - August 24th 2014 | West. Div. ACDA Student Symposium 2013 | Michigan State Vocal Music Association 2013 | CO ACDA Summer Wkshp, 7/22/13 2013 | CSU Choral Workshop July 9-12 2013 | IL ACDA Summer Reading Session 2012 | Southern CA Vocal Assn. Reading Session 2012 | MI State Vocal Music Assoc. Reading Session 2012 | AL ACDA Summer Reading Session 2012 | WA ACDA Summer Institute 2011 | AK ACDA & AMEA Sessions 2010 | OR ACDA 2010 | Ohio ACDA