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When I consider every thing that grows

Language: English

When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and checked even by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful Time debateth with decay
To change your day of youth to sullied night,
  And all in war with Time for love of you,
  As he takes from you, I engraft you new.


Translation(s): FRE FRE ITA JPN

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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)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in Japanese (日本語), a translation by Tsubouchi Shōyō (1859 - 1935) ITA FRE by Elliot Weisgarber.

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Text added to the website: 2007-10-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:44
Line count: 14
Word count: 111

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