These market-dames, mid-aged, with lips thin-drawn, And tissues sere, Are they the ones we loved in years agone, And courted here? Are these the muslined pink young things to whom We vowed and swore In nooks on summer Sundays by the Froom, Or Budmouth shore? Do they remember those gay tunes we trod Clasped on the green; Aye; trod till moonlight set on the beaten sod A satin sheen? They must forget, forget! They cannot know What once they were, Or memory would transfigure them, and show Them always fair.
- by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928), "Former beauties", appears in Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses, in At Casterbridge Fair, no. 2, first published 1909 [author's text not yet checked 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 Andrew Downes (b. 1950), "Former beauties", op. 1 no. 2 (1973), from Casterbridge Fair, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
- by Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956), "Former beauties", op. 14 no. 8, published 1933 [tenor and piano], from A Young Man's Exhortation, no. 8. [text verified 1 time]
- by Frederic Goossen (b. 1927), "Former beauties" [duet for mezzo-soprano and baritone with piano], from At Casterbridge Fair, no. 2. [text not verified]
- by Alfred Matthew Hale (1875 - 1960), "Former beauties", op. 27 no. 2 [voice and piano], from At Casterbridge Fair, no. 2. [text not verified]
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