What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time, to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like stars at night. No time to turn at Beauty's glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.
- by William Henry Davies (1871 - 1940), "Leisure", appears in Songs of Joy and Others, first published 1911 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, Sir (1891 - 1975), "Leisure", 1923, published 1923, rev. 1972 [voice and piano], from Three songs, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
- by Harold Walter Greenhill (1902 - ?), "Leisure" [unison chorus], note: may be wrong text [text not verified]
- by Alfred Kunz (b. 1929), "Leisure", published 1972 [TTBB chorus and piano], from Three Works for Male Chorus [text not verified]
- by Eric Leigh , "Leisure", published 1960. [2-part canon of equal voices and piano] [text not verified]
- by Robin Humphrey Milford (1903 - 1959), "Leisure", published 1930 [2-part chorus of children's voices and piano], from Rain, Wind, and Sunshine [text not verified]
- by Merle Montgomery (b. 1900), "Leisure", published 1951 [SSATBB chorus a cappella], note: may be wrong text [text not verified]
- by Barbara Pentland (b. 1912), "Leisure", 1938. [three-part chorus a cappella] [text not verified]
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , title 1: "Muße", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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