John Alcock
(1715 - 1806)

Hail ever-pleasing solitude
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This glee gained a Catch Club prize medal in 1770.
Lyrics: James Thomson

Hail, ever-pleasing solitude,
Companion of the wise and good;
But from whose holy piercing eye
The herd of fools and villains fly.
Oh! How I love with thee to walk,
And listen to thy whispered talk,
Which innocence and truth imparts,
And melts the most obdurate hearts.
Oh! Let me pierce thy secret cell
And in thy deep recesses dwell:
For ever with thy raptures fired,
For ever from the world retired.