by Thomas Nashe (1567 - 1601)

Adieu, farewell earth's blisse
Language: English 
Adieu, farewell earth's blisse,
This world uncertain is,
Fond are lifes lustfull joyes,
Death proves them all but toyes.
None from his darts can flye,
I am sick I must die--
      Lord have mercy on us.

Rich men, trust not in wealth,
Gold cannot buy you health;
Physic himself must fade.
All things to end are made.
The plague full swift goes by;
I am sick, I must die--
      Lord have mercy on us.

Beauty is but a flower,
Which wrinkles will devour,
Brightness falls from the air,
Queens have died young and fair,
Dust hath closed Helen's eye.
I am sick, I must die--
      Lord have mercy on us.

Strength stoops unto the grave,
Worms feed on Hector brave
Swords [may not]1 fight with fate
Earth still holds ope her gate;
Come, come! the bells do cry;
I am sick, I must die--
      Lord have mercy on us.

Wit with his wantonness
Tasteth death's bitterness
Hell's executioner
Hath no ears for to hear
What vain art can reply;
I am sick, I must die--
      Lord have mercy on us.

Haste therefore each degree,
To welcome destiny:
Heav'n is our heritage,
Earth but a player's stage,
Mount we unto the sky.
I am sick, I must die--
      Lord have mercy on us.

R. Bennett sets stanzas 1-4, 6
D. Rowland sets stanza 1 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
D. Rowland sets stanza 4 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
P. Ruders sets stanza 1 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
P. Ruders sets stanza 2 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
P. Ruders sets stanza 3 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
P. Ruders sets stanza 4 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
P. Ruders sets stanza 5 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
P. Ruders sets stanza 6 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
J. Dove sets stanzas 1-3

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Word count: 212