He with body waged a fight, But body won; it walks upright. Then he struggled with he heart; Innocence and peace depart. Then he struggled with the mind; His proud heart he left behind. Now his wars on God begin; At stroke of midnight God shall win.
- by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "The four ages of Man" [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 Jonathan Harvey (1939 - 2012), "The four ages of Man", 1965 [bass and piano], from Four songs of Yeats [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-19
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