If I Live to Grow Old

DESCRIPTION: "If I lie to grow old... Let this be my fate in a fair country town." "May I govern my passions with absolute sway, And grow wiser and better as my strength wears away." He hopes for a good home, health, a good view, good books, good food, a good death
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1685 (Playford, Theatre of Music, according to Bell-Combined-EarlyBallads-CustomsBalladsSongsPeasantryEngland)
KEYWORDS: death age nonballad virtue
FOUND IN: Britain(England)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Huntington-SongsTheWhalemenSang, pp. 300-302, "As I Grow Old" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bell-Combined-EarlyBallads-CustomsBalladsSongsPeasantryEngland, pp.460-461, "The Old Man's Song" (1 text)

ST BeCo460 (Partial)
Roud #2093
File: BeCo460

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