Theodore Aylward
(1730 - 1801)

A cruel fate hangs threat'ning
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Between 1763 and 1794 Thomas Warren published, through differing publishers, an annual collection of catches, canons and glees, under the aegis of the Catch Club. This item was published in the eighth such collection.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

A cruel fate hangs threat'ning o'er the lovely shepherd I adore. Ye streams, ye know it yet pursue your ways, ye nightingales yet tune your warbling lays, ye who alone were conscious of our love, cease birds your notes, ye rivers cease to move.