Epigram and Epitaph

Song Cycle by Vivian Fine (1913 - 2000)

Word count: 50

1. Epigram [sung text checked 1 time]

On parent knees, a naked new-born child,
Weeping thou sat'st, while all around thee [smiled]1:
So live, that sinking to thy [last long]2 sleep,
Calm thou may'st smile, [while]3 all around thee weep.


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Confirmed with Bartlett, John, comp. Familiar Quotations, 10th ed, rev. and enl. by Nathan Haskell Dole. Boston: Little, Brown, 1919; Bartleby.com, 2000. www.bartleby.com/100/303.html

1 Fine, Finzi: "smil'd"
2 Fine, Finzi: "life's last"
3 Fine: "whilst"

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2. Epitaph [sung text checked 1 time]

He first deceased; she for a little tried 
To live without him, liked it not and died.


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