Two Epitaphs

Song Cycle by Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 - 1994)

Word count: 79

1. Our life is nothing but a winter's day [sung text checked 1 time]

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.

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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.

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]