It is not growing like a tree In bulk, doth make man better be; Or standing long an oak, three-hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald and sere. A lily of a day, Is fairer far in May, Although it droop and die that night, It was the plant and flow'r of light. In small proportions we just beauties see; And in short measures, life may perfect be.
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- by Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637) [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 John Linton Gardner (1917 - 2011), "It is not growing like a tree", op. 36 no. 6, published 1956 [ mixed chorus and piano duet or small orchestra ], from Seven Songs, no. 6, London : Oxford University Press [sung text not yet checked]
- by Liza Lehmann (1862 - 1918), "The lily of a day" [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) (Richard Flatter) , "Edle Art", appears in Die Fähre, Englische Lyrik aus fünf Jahrhunderten, first published 1936
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