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Two choruses on Jacobean poems für Chor a cappella

Word count: 153

Song Cycle by Ernst Křenek (1900 - 1991)

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1. This life, which seems so fair [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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This Life, which seems so fair,
Is like a bubble blown up in the air
By sporting children's breath,
Who chase it everywhere
And strive who can most motion it bequeath.
And though it sometimes seem of its own might
Like to an eye of gold to be fixed there,
And firm to hover in that empty height,
That only is because it is so light.
But in that pomp it doth not long appear;
For when 'tis most admired, in a thought,
Because it erst was nought, it turns to nought.


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2. Even such is time [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Even such is Time, that takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
And pays us but with [age]1 and dust;
Who, in the dark and silent grave,
When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days;
[And from which earth, and grave, and dust]2,
[The Lord]3 shall raise me up, I trust.


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1 Gurney: "earth"
2 Gurney: "But from this earth, this grave, this dust"
3 Gurney: "My God"

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