by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

As Life what is so sweet
Language: English 
As Life what is so sweet, 
what creature would not choose thee?
The wounded heart doth weep 
when he is forced to lose thee:
The bruised worm doth strive 'gainst fear of death
and all choose life with pain ere loss of breath.
The dove which knows no guilt weeps for her mate a-dying;
and never any blood was spilt but left the loser crying:
If swans do sing, it is to crave of death
he would not reave them of their happy breath.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2011-09-08
Line count: 10
Word count: 84