152. Let Folly Praise That Fancy Loves

1 Let folly praise that fancy loves;
I praise and love that child
whose heart no thought, whose tongue no word,
whose hand no deed defiled.
I praise him most, I love him best;
all praise and love are his.
While him I love, in him I live,
and cannot live amiss.

2 Love's sweetest mark, laud's highest theme,
our most desired light.
To love him life, to leave him death,
to live in him delight.
He mine by gift, I his by debt,
thus each to other due:
first friend he was, best friend he is;
all times will find him true.

3 Though young, yet wise, though small, yet strong,
though man, yet God he is;
as wise he knows, as strong he can,
as God he loves to bless.
His knowledge rules, his strength defends,
his love doth cherish all;
his birth our joy, his life our light,
his death our end of thrall.

Text Information
First Line: Let folly praise that fancy loves
Title: Let Folly Praise That Fancy Loves
Author: Robert Southwell, 1561-1595
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: CMD
Scripture: Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Philippians 3:4-16
Topic: Christmas; Epiphany
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: David Wilson, 1940-
Arranger: Noel Tredinnick, 1949
Composer (descant): Melva Treffinger Graham, 1947-
Meter: CMD
Key: d minor or modal
Copyright: Melody © 1969; arr. © 1982; flute descant © 1998 Hope Publishing Co.

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