Oh, to vex me, contraryes meet in one: In constancy unnaturally hath begott A constant habit; that when I would not I change in vowes, and in devotione. As humorous is my contritione As my profane Love and as soone forgott: As ridlingly distemper'd, cold and hott, As praying, as mute; as infinite, as none. I durst not view Heav'n yesterday; and today In prayers, and flatt'ring speeches I court God: Tomorrow I quake with true feare of his rod. So my devout fitts come and go away, Like a fantastique Ague: save that here Those are my best dayes, when I shake with feare.
- by John Donne (1572 - 1631), appears in Holy Sonnets, no. 19 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Oh, to vex me", op. 35 no. 4 (1945), published 1946 [high voice and piano], from The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, no. 4. [text verified 1 time]
- by Geoffrey Burgon (b. 1941), "Oh, to vex me", 2001? [voice and piano], from Heavenly Things, no. 4. [text not verified]
- by Juliana Hall , "Oh, to vex me", 2013, first performed 2014 [tenor and piano], from The Holy Sonnets of John Donne - 9 Songs for Tenor and Piano, no. 4. [text verified 1 time]
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