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Ah fading joy, how quickly art thou...

Language: English

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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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: 2012-02-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:47
Line count: 16
Word count: 105

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