Our life is nothing but a winter's day: Some only break their [fast, and so away]1: Others stay dinner and depart full-fed: The deepest age but sups and goes to bed: He's most in debt that lingers out the day: Who dies betimes has [less and]2 less to pay.
Song Cycle by Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 - 1994)
1. Our life is nothing but a winter's day  [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Francis Quarles (1592 - 1644), no title, appears in Divine Fancies: digested into epigrammes, meditations, and observations, first published 1633 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Confirmed with Handy-book of Literary Curiosities, by William Shepard Walsh, Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1893, p. 550.1 Maconchy: "fast and then away"
2 Maconchy: "less, has"
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
2. As the tree falls  [sung text checked 1 time]
As the tree falls, So must it lie. As the man lives, So will he die. As the man dies, So must he lie All through the days Of eternity.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]