Busy, curious, thirsty fly (John Liptrot Hatton)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-09-26).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Busy, curious, thirsty fly
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: William Oldys

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 7, no. 223

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Original text and translations

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Busy, curious, thirsty fly!
Drink with me and drink as I:
Freely welcome to my cup,
Could'st thou sip, and sip it up:
Make the most of life you may,
Life is short and wears away.
 
Both alike are mine and thine
Hastening quick to their decline:
Thine's a summer, mine's no more,
Though repeated to three score.
Three score summers, when they're gone,
Will appear as short as one!