Shut not so soon; the dull‑eyed night
Shut not so soon; the dull-eyed night
Has not as yet begun
To make a seizure on the light,
Or to seal up the sun.
No marigolds yet closed are;
No shadows great appear;
Nor doth the early shepherds' star
Shine like a spangle here.
Stay but till my Julia close
Her life-begetting eye,
And let the whole world then dispose
Itself to live or 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 David Arditti (b. 1964), "To Daisies", op. 9 no. 5, from Gather Ye Rosebuds, no. 5 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by John Linton Gardner (b. 1917), "To daisies, not to shut too soon", op. 49 no. 2, published 1961 [tenor, chorus, and orchestra], from the cantata Herrick Cantata, no. 2, Boston : E. C. Schirmer [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Fritz Bennicke Hart (1874 - 1949), "To daisies, not to shut so soon", op. 51 (Twenty-Five Songs in Five Sets of Five Each: Set II) no. 5 (1922) [voice and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953), "To Daisies", op. 8 no. 3 (1905), published 1906 [voice and piano], from To Julia, no. 3, London, Boosey [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ned Rorem (b. 1923), "To daisies, not to shut so soon", published 1952, from Flight For Heaven, no. 4 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Joseph Taffs , "To daisies", published 1923, from Album of Five Songs, no. 2 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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