Avoid loud and aggressive persons (from 'Desiderata I') (Luc Goosen)

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Editor: Andre van Ryckeghem (submitted 2003-11-18).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 134 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: Avoid loud and aggressive persons
Composer: Luc Goosen

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: #2 from 'Desiderata I'

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Original text and translations

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender,
be at peace with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly,
and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself to others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater
or lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career,
however humble; it is a real possession
in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.