On His Seventy-Fifth Birthday


"On His Seventy-Fifth Birthday" is the sixth song in Ned Rorem's song cycle Aftermath, written for medium voice, violin, cello, and piano.

On His Seventy-Fifth Birthday
by Walter Savage Landor

I strove with none; for none was worth my strife,
Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art;
I warmed both hands before the fire of life,
It sinks, and I am ready to depart.

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