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Busy, curious, thirsty fly!

Language: English

Busy, curious, thirsty fly!
Drink with me and drink as I:
Freely welcome to my cup,
Couldst thou sip and sip it up:
Make the most of life you may,
Life is short and wears away.

[Both alike are mine and thine]1
[Hastening]2 quick to their decline:
Thine's a summer, mine no more,
Though repeated to threescore.
Threescore summers, when they're gone,
Will appear as short as one!


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1 Bennett: "Just alike, both mine and thine,"
2 Bennett: "Hasten"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:43
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