Our hasty life away doth post (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • (Posted 2009-04-19)  CPDL #19309:     
Editor: Diana Thompson (submitted 2009-04-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Our hasty life away doth post
Composer: Thomas Tomkins

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SST
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1622 in Songs of 3-6 parts, no. 1

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Original text and translations

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Our hasty life away doth post
Before we know what we have lost.
Hours into days, days into years are gone,
Years make a life, which straight is none.
Thus soon is Man's short story told,
We scarce are young, when we are waxed old.