Parry – Crabbed age and youth

Song Information

Title: Crabbed age and youth

Composer: Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Sheet Music

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  • Transcribed at CPDL
    • Key: PDF is in E♭ Major
    • Range: E♭4 – G5 (optional A♭5)
    • Sibelius 4 source code available to edit or transpose.

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Song Text

Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasance, age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
Youth is full of sport, age’s breath is short;
Youth is nimble, age is lame;
Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold;
Youth is wild, and age is tame.
Age, I do abhor thee; youth, I do adore thee;
O, my love, my love is young!
Age, I do defy thee: O, sweet shepherd, hie thee,
For methinks thou stay’st too long.