The world is too much with us; late and...
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. -- Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea;
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
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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 Dominick Argento (1927 - 2019), "Epilogue: De Profundis", 1973 [soprano or tenor, clarinet or bass clarinet, and piano], from To be sung upon the water, no. 8. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Melinda Bargreen , "The world is too much with us", 2017 [tenor or baritone and piano], from In Fields Where Roses Fade, no. 3. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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