Morality

DESCRIPTION: "While beauty and youth are in their full prime, And folly and fashion affect our whole time, O let not the phantom our wishes engage; Let us live so in youth that we blush not in age." The singer vows to avoid youthful passion and be happy when he's dead
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1835 (Southern Harmony)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
BrownSchinhanV 667, "Morality" (1 short text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Although this appears in a number of shape note hymnals (Sacred Harp, several editions of the Southern Harmony; Missouri Harmny, p. 54), Brown's appears to be the only traditional collection. In the 1971 Denson Revisions edition of the Original Sacred Harp, it is claimed to be "much older" than the earliest version it can cite from hymnals (which is the 1827 Missouri Harmony), "but none discloses the author of the music or words." I can find no hints of it in mainline Protestant sources. - RBW
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File: BrS5667

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