You smile upon your friend today, Today his ills are over; You hearken to the lover's say, And happy is the lover. 'Tis late to hearken, late to smile, But better late than never; I shall have lived a little while Before I die for ever.
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- by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936), no title, appears in A Shropshire Lad, no. 57, first published 1896 [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 Alfred Redgrave Cripps (1882 - 1950), "You smile upon your friend today", published <<1944 [voice and piano], from Five "Shropshire Lad" Songs [text not verified]
- by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879 - 1962), "Epilogue", published 1921 [voice and piano], from The Land of Lost Content, no. 6. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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