O sweet sincerity! - Where modern methods be What scope for thine and thee? Life may be sad past saying, Its greens for ever graying, Its faiths to dust decaying; And youth may have foreknown it, And riper seasons shown it, But custom cries: "Disown it: "Say ye rejoice, though grieving, Believe, while unbelieving, Behold, without perceiving!" - Yet, would men look at true things, And unilluded view things, And count to bear undue things, The real might mend the seeming, Facts better their foredeeming, And Life its disesteeming.
- by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928), "To sincerity", written 1899, appears in Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses, first published 1909 [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 Robin Humphrey Milford (1903 - 1959), "To sincerity", published 1939 [ soprano or tenor and piano ], from Four Hardy Songs [sung text not yet checked]
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