Crabbed age and youth (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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Editor: John Henry Fowler (added 2008-4-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 55 kbytes       Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: File Sizes: PDF: 55 KB, MIDI: 9 KB, Sib4: 41 KB.

General Information

Title: Crabbed Age and Youth
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

Number of voices: 1v  Voicing: Solo Tenor
Genre: Secular, Art song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano
Published: 1902

Description: English Lyrics Set 5 - No. 3. - Lyrics by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), from The Passionate Pilgrim, XII.

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Original text and translations

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Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of [pleasance]1, age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short;
Youth is nimble, age is lame;
Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold;
Youth is wild, and age is tame.
Age, I do abhor thee; youth, I do adore thee;
O, my love, my love is young!
Age, I do defy thee: O, sweet shepherd, hie thee,
For methinks thou stay'st too long.


Lyrics: William Shakespeare (1564-1616), from The Passionate Pilgrim, XII.