Mutability (Ann Mounsey)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-19)  CPDL #75533:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 3.02 MB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Mutability
Composer: Ann Mounsey
Lyricist: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1855 Ewer & Co.

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Original text and translations

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The flower that smiles to-day
      To-morrow dies;
All that we wish to stay
      Tempts and then flies.
What is this world’s delight?
Lightning that mocks the night,
      Brief even as bright.

Virtue, how frail it is!
      Friendship how rare!
Love, how it sells poor bliss
      For proud despair!
But we, though soon they fall,
Survive their joy, and all
      Which ours we call.

Whilst skies are blue and bright,
      Whilst flowers are gay,
Whilst eyes that change ere night
      Make glad the day;
Whilst yet the calm hours creep,
Dream thou— and from thy sleep
      Then wake to weep.