All pleasure is of this condition, it pricks men forward to fruition, but if enjoy'd, then like the humming Bee, the honey being shed, away doth flee; but leaves a sting, that wounds the inward heart with gnawing grief and never-ending smart.
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by John Wilbye (1574 - 1638), "All pleasure is of this condition", published 1609 [ vocal quintet], madrigal [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Bart O'Brien
This text was added to the website: 2004-12-08
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Word count: 42