Crabbed age and youth cannot live...
Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of [pleasance]1, age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short;
Youth is nimble, age is lame;
Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold;
Youth is wild, and age is tame.
Age, I do abhor thee; youth, I do adore thee;
O, my love, my love is young!
Age, I do defy thee: O, sweet shepherd, hie thee,
For methinks thou stay'st too long.
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1 White: "pleasure"
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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)
- by Samuel Arnold (1740 - 1782), "The words by Shakespeare", 1795 [vocal trio (soprano, alto, and baritone) or SABar chorus a cappella], glee [ sung text not verified ]
- by Ann Sheppard Bartholomew, née Mounsey (1811 - 1891), "Crabbed age and youth", published  [high voice and piano], from Six Songs, London : Stanley Lucas, Weber [ sung text not verified ]
- by Robert Convery , "Crabbed age and youth", 1982, published 1985, rev. 1983 [SATB chorus a cappella (originally, SSA chorus a cappella)], from Five Madrigals, New York : Boosey [ sung text not verified ]
- by John H. Corina (b. 1928), "Crabbed age and youth", 1975, first performed 1976 [tenor or soprano and piano], from Three Shakespeare Madrigals [ sung text not verified ]
- by Madeleine Dring (1923 - 1977), "Crabbed age and youth" [ sung text not verified ]
- by Hans Gál (1890 - 1987), "Crabbèd age and youth", op. 75 no. 1, published 1959, copyright © 1959 [women's chorus], from Songs of Youth, no. 1, Boosey & Hawkes [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by John Linton Gardner (b. 1917), "Crabbed age and youth", op. 36 no. 2, published 1956 [mixed chorus and piano duet or small orchestra], from Seven Songs, no. 2, London : Oxford University Press [ sung text not verified ]
- by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir (1848 - 1918), "Crabbed age and youth", 1876-1901, published 1902, from English Lyrics, Fifth Set, no. 3. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937), "Crabbed age and youth" [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Stephen Wilkinson (b. 1919), "Crabbed age and youth" [voice and piano] [ sung text verified 1 time]
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