The prince's robes and beggar's rags Are toadstools on the miser's bags. [A truth]1 that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent.
E. Bacon sets lines 3-4
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1 Bacon: "Truth"
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), no title, appears in Auguries of Innocence, no. 15 [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 Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "Truth", 1950, lines 3-4 [mixed chorus and piano], two-part canon [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-01
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