Forty-Nine

Music: Voluntarie.
By William Byrd. Performed by
John Sankey.

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Forty-nine is certain of the evening.
On her the sunset melody depends.
Remote from the requirements of winning,
To her there is no point to means and ends;
Yet slanting sunlight melancholy sends.

No passion is more precious than her yearning,
Infinite far more than it intends;
Nor can love, though with compassion burning,
Ease the pain that with her pleasure blends.





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