Ah fading joy, how quickly art thou...
Ah fading joy, how quickly art thou past!
Yet we thy ruine haste:
As if the Cares of Humane Life were few,
We seek out new,
And follow Fate that does 1 too fast pursue.
See how on ev'ry Bough the Birds express
In their sweet notes their happiness.
They all enjoy and nothing spare;
But on their Mother Nature lay their care:
Why then should Man, the Lord of all below,
Such troubles chuse to know,
As none of all his Subjects undergo?
Hark, hark, the Waters fall, fall, fall
And with a Murmuring sound
Dash, dash, upon the ground,
To gentle slumbers call.
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- by Robin Holloway (b. 1943), "Ah, fading joy, how quickly art thou past", published 1974 [SATB chorus a cappella], Borough Green, Kent, Eng. : Novello [
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