Samuel Wesley
(1766 - 1837)

Wesley : While every short-lived flower : illustration

While every short-lived flower
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Wesley noted that he completed this serious glee in 1822.
Lyrics: Elizabeth Carter

While every short-lived flower of sense
Destructive years consume,
Through friendship's fair enchanting walks
Unfading myrtles bloom.

Nor with the narrow bounds of time
The beauteous prospect ends;
But, lengthened through the vale of death,
To Paradise extends.