Life Let Us Cherish
DESCRIPTION: Let's cherish life while we can. Life is over too soon so, "ere we quit this shore, Contentment seek." "Away with every toil and care" Meet conflicts "with manful hearts ... Till death sounds the retreat"
EARLIEST DATE: 1802 (Oldschool)
KEYWORDS: death nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Williams-Thames, pp. 292-293, "Life Let Us Cherish" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 418)
ADDITIONAL: Oliver Oldschool, The Port Folio (Philadelphia, 1802 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. II, p. 136, "Life Let Us Cherish" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 25(1101), "Life Let Us Cherish" ("Life let us cherish while yet the taper glows"), J. Pitts (London), 1802-1819; also Johnson Ballads 217, Harding B 11(4230), Harding B 28(125), "Life Let Us Cherish"
LOCSinging, as202150, " Life Let Us Cherish" ("Life let us cherish, while yet the taper glow"), H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(083), "Life Let Us Cherish" ("Life let us cherish while yet the taper glow"), unknown, c.1870
Philologian Song [By S. W. Gladden, [class of 18]59]) ("Now, boys, for Logia, Sing, sing the rallying song!") (Henry Randall Waite, _Carmina Collegensia: A Complete Collection of the Songs of the American Colleges_ first edition 1868, expanded edition, Oliver Ditson, 1876, p. 116)
NOTES: NLScotland commentary: "It is thought that the author of 'Life Let us Cherish' was the Swiss-born poet, Johann Martin Usteri (1763-1827). Whether he was responsible for the first verse or the entire composition is unclear."
Broadside LOCSinging as202150: H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS
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