Youth, large, lusty, loving -- Youth full of grace, force, fascination! Do you know that Old Age may come after you, with equal grace, force, fascination? Day, full-blown and splendid -- Day of the immense sun, action, ambition, laughter. The Night follows close, with millions of suns, and sleep, and restoring darkness.
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- by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892), no title, appears in Leaves of Grass, in Great are the Myths, no. 1, stanzas 3 and 4 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Daron Aric Hagen (b. 1961), "Youth, Day, Old Age, and Night" [voice and piano], from Songs of Experience, no. 1 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Ned Rorem (b. 1923), "Youth, Day, Old Age, and Night", published 1957 [high voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Eva Ruth Spalding (1882 - 1969), "Youth, Day, Old Age, and Night", published 1919 [voice and piano], from Trois mélodies, no. 1, Paris, Éditions Senart, also set in French (Français) [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Wolfgang Wijdeveld (1910 - 1985), "Youth, Day, Old Age, and Night", 1949, published 1949 [medium voice, violin, viola, clarinet, and piano], from Drie liederen, no. 3 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in French (Français), a translation by Léon Bazalgette (1873 - 1928) , "Jeunesse, jour, vieillesse et nuit", appears in Feuilles d'herbe GER ; composed by Eva Ruth Spalding.
- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Federn (1868 - 1943) , "Jugend, Tag, Alter und Nacht" ENG FRE FRE ; composed by Joseph Marx.
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