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Set by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958), "Eternity", 1957, published 1958 [voice and oboe], from Ten Blake Songs, no. 10 [ sung text checked 1 time]

Note: this setting is made up of several separate texts.

He who [bends to himself]1 a Joy
Doth the wingèd life destroy;
But he who kisses the Joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity's sunrise.


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1 Vaughan Williams: "binds himself"; Franceschini and J. White: "binds to himself"

Submitted by Ted Perry

The look of love alarms,
Because it's fill'd with fire;
But the look of soft deceit
Shall win the lover's hire.


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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]