Stephen Paxton
(1734 - 1787)

In vain I strike the sounding string
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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 nineteenth collection.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

In vain I strike the sounding string,
And Music's pow'r implore,
The softest notes no comfort bring,
But raise my passion more.
In vain I bend at Bacchus' shrine,
My sorrows to remove,
In vain invoke the god of wine,
I find no cure for love.
Dear Chloe, then your aid impart;
Take pity on your swain.
One gentle look will ease his heart,
One smile will end his pain.