All lovely things will have an ending, All lovely things will fade and die, And youth, that's now so bravely spending, Will beg a penny by and by. Fine ladies soon are all forgotten, And goldenrod is dust when dead, The sweetest flesh and flowers are rotten And cobwebs tent the brightest head. Come back, true love! Sweet youth, return!-- But time goes on, and will, unheeding, Though hands will reach, and eyes will yearn, And the wild days set true hearts bleeding. Come back, true love! Sweet youth, remain!-- But goldenrod and daisies wither, And over them blows autumn rain, They pass, they pass, and know not whither.
- by Conrad Aiken (1889 - 1973) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "All Lovely Things", 2005 [bass or bass-baritone and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2007-05-01
Line count: 16
Word count: 109