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Cui bono

Language: English

What is Hope? A smiling rainbow
    Children follow through the wet;
'Tis not here, still yonder, yonder:
    Never urchin found it yet.

What is Life? A thawing iceboard
    On a sea with sunny shore; --
Gay we sail; it melts beneath us;
    We are sunk, and seen no more.

What is Man? A foolish baby,
    Vainly strives, and fights, and frets;
Demanding all, deserving nothing; --
    One small grave is what he gets.


Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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: 2010-11-07 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:07

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