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Crabbed age and youth cannot live together: Youth is full of [pleasance]1, age is full of care; Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather; Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare. Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short; Youth is nimble, age is lame; Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold; Youth is wild, and age is tame. Age, I do abhor thee; youth, I do adore thee; O, my love, my love is young! Age, I do defy thee: O, sweet shepherd, hie thee, For methinks thou stay'st too long.
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1 White: "pleasure"
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, no title, appears in The Passionate Pilgrim, no. 12, first published 1599 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
- sometimes misattributed to William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Samuel Arnold (1740 - 1782), "The words by Shakespeare", 1795 [ vocal trio (soprano, alto, and baritone) or SABar chorus a cappella ], glee [sung text not yet checked]
- by Ann Sheppard Bartholomew, née Mounsey (1811 - 1891), "Crabbed age and youth", published  [ high voice and piano ], from Six Songs, London : Stanley Lucas, Weber [sung text not yet checked]
- by Robert Convery , "Crabbed age and youth", 1982, published 1985, rev. 1983 [ SATB chorus a cappella (originally, SSA chorus a cappella) ], from Five Madrigals, New York : Boosey [sung text not yet checked]
- by John H. Corina (1928 - 2014), "Crabbed age and youth", 1975, first performed 1976 [ tenor or soprano and piano ], from Three Shakespeare Madrigals [sung text not yet checked]
- by Madeleine Dring (1923 - 1977), "Crabbed age and youth" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Hans Gál (1890 - 1987), "Crabbèd age and youth", op. 75 no. 1, published 1959, copyright © 1959 [ women's chorus ], from Songs of Youth, no. 1, Boosey & Hawkes [sung text checked 1 time]
- by John Linton Gardner (1917 - 2011), "Crabbed age and youth", op. 36 no. 2, published 1956 [ mixed chorus and piano duet or small orchestra ], from Seven Songs, no. 2, London : Oxford University Press [sung text not yet checked]
- by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir (1848 - 1918), "Crabbed age and youth", 1876-1901, published 1902, from English Lyrics, Fifth Set, no. 3 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937), "Crabbed age and youth" [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Stephen Wilkinson (b. 1919), "Crabbed age and youth" [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo) , no title
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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