O you, whom vanity's light bark conveys (John Stafford Smith)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-03-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: O you, whom vanity's light bark conveys
Composer: John Stafford Smith
Lyricist: Alexander Pope

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: AATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1781

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Original text and translations

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O You, whom vanity's light bark conveys
 On Fame's mad voyage, by the wind of praise;
 With what a shifting gale your course you ply,
 For ever sunk too low, or borne too high!
 Who pants for glory finds but short repose,
 A breath revives him, or a breath o'erthrows.