O life, how pleasing (John Clarke-Whitfeld)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-06-12).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 316 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: O life, how pleasing
Composer: John Clarke-Whitfeld
Lyricist: Robert Burns
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1798 in Op. 4

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Original text and translations

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O life, how pleasing is thy morning,
Young Fancy's rays the hills adorning;
Cold pausing Caution's lessons scorning.
We frisk away
Like schoolboys at th'expected warning,
To joy and play.

We wander here, we wander there,
We eye the rose upon the brier,
Unmindful that the thorn is near
Among the leaves.
And though the puny wound appear,
Short time it grieves.