This world a hunting is
This world a hunting is,
The prey poor man,
The Nimrod fierce is death.
His speedy greyhounds are
Lust, sickness, envy, care,
Strife that ne'er falls amiss,
With all those ills which haunt us
While we breathe.
Now if by chance we fly
Of these the eager chase,
Old age with stealing pace
Casts up his nets,
and there we panting die.
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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 Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956), "This world a hunting is", op. 5 no. 2, published 1926, first performed 1936 [unaccompanied chorus], from Three Short Elegies, no. 2. [
text verified 1 time]
- by Daan Manneke (b. 1939), "The world a hunting is", 1974 [low voice and harpsichord or organ or piano], from Five songs on English poems, no. 4. [
text not verified ]
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