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Three 17th Century Lyrics

Word count: 131

Song Cycle by Ross Lee Finney (1906 - 1997)

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1. On the life of man

Language: English

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2. Look how the floor of Heaven [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE FRE

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Look how the floor of heaven
Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold:
There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'st
But in his motion like an angel sings,
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins;
Such harmony is in immortal souls;
But whilst this muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.


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3. On May morning [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger,
Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her
The flowry May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose.
Hail bounteous May that dost inspire
Mirth and youth, and warm desire,
Woods and groves, are of thy dressing,
Hill and dale, doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early Song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.


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