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The rolling wheele

Language: English

The rolling wheele that runneth often round,
The hardest steel in tract of time doth teare:
And drizzling drops that often doe redound,
The firmest flint doth in continuance weare: 
Yet cannot I, with many a dropping teare,
And long intreatie, soften her hard hart, 
That she will once vouchsafe my plaint to heare,
Or look with pitty on my painefull Smart.
But when I plead, she bids me play my part, 
And when I weepe, she sayes. Teares are but water:
And when I sigh, she sayes, I knowe the art, 
And when I waile, she turnes herselfe to laughter.
  But when I plead . . .

So doe I weepe and waile, and plead in vaine, 
Whiles she as steele and flint doth still remaine.


Submitted by John Versmoren

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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 10:01:50
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