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My fairest child, I have no song to give...

Language: English

My fairest child, I have no song to give you;
No lark could pipe in skies so dull and gray;
Yet, [if you will, one quiet hint I'll]1 leave you,
For every day.

I'll tell you how to sing a clearer carol
Than lark who hails the dawn or breezy down
To earn yourself a purer poet's laurel
Than Shakespeare's crown.

Be good, sweet maid, and let who [can]2 be clever;
Do [lovely]3 things, not dream them, all day long;
And so make [Life, and Death, and that For Ever,]4
One grand sweet song.


J. Paine sets stanzas 1, 3

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1 Paine: "e'er we part, one lesson I can"
2 Paine: "will"
3 Paine: "noble"
4 Paine: "life, death, and that vast forever,"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

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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)


Text added to the website: 2010-02-18 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2017-06-30 11:26:44
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Word count: 94

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