All things living soon shall perish, All things, all things that men cherish, Time is fleeting and the splendid sun beholdeth thought and action, sorrow, pleasure quickly ended. Fled like shadows in a second, Like a vapor swept away. We were also men like you, Gay and mournful, false and true, Now we are but lifeless clay, And in earth our forms must vanish. All things living soon shall perish, All things, all things that men cherish.
- by Nathan Haskell Dole (1852 - 1935) [an adaptation] [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
- a text in Italian (Italiano) by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564), appears in Rime, no. 21
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Joseph Kaufer (1909 - 1990), "All things living soon must perish", published 1951 [voice and piano], from Dover Beach and Other Songs, no. 12, Waukegan, Illinois: Lyric-Art [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Walter Heinrich Robert-Tornow (1852 - 1895) [an adaptation] ENG ENG FRE SPA ; composed by Hans Erich Pfitzner, Hugo Wolf.
- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bettina Jakobson ENG FRE ; composed by Josef Schelb.
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