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.
Epigram and Epitaph
Song Cycle by Vivian Fine (1913 - 2000)
1. Epigram  [sung text checked 1 time]
- by William Jones, Sir (1746 - 1794), no title, subtitle: "From the Persian" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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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.
- by Henry Wotton, Sir (1568 - 1639) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]