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.
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- by David Leo Diamond (1915 - 2005), "As Life what is so sweet", 1941. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2011-09-08
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Word count: 84