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The Seikilos Epitaph is the world's oldest surviving complete musical composition (including notation), from the 1st or 2nd century AD. This Ancient Greek musical notation was found inscribed on a memorial monument in a Hellenistic area of what is now Turkey.

An English translation of the lyrics:

"While you live, shine
have no grief at all
life exists only for a short while
and Time demands his due."

And this same sentiment has carried on in song through to the 20th century:

Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

"Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming
Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
Didn't make sense not to live for fun
Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb
So much to do, so much to see
So what's wrong with taking the back streets?
You'll never know if you don't go
You'll never shine if you don't glow."

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Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

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Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

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Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

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Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

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Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

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Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

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@erinbee
also:
"this little light of mine
i'm going to let it shine"

(less exact and more palatable (perhaps))

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