In vain does Nature's bounteous hand supply What peevish mortals to themselves deny. See how on ev'ry bough, the birds express In their wild notes their happiness: Not anxious how to get or spare, They on their Mother Nature lay their care. Why then should Man, the lord of all below, Such troubles choose to know, As none of all his subjects undergo?
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Imogen Clare Holst (1907 - 1984), "In Vain does Nature’s Bounteous Hand Supply", 1938 [ voice and piano ], from Three Songs, no. 2 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Pelham Humfrey (1647 - 1674), "In vain does Nature's bounteous hand supply" [sung text checked 1 time]
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