Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington
(1735 - 1781)

What is life and all its pride
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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 sixteenth collection.
Lyrics: Mimnermus (trans. Anon)

What is life and all its pride,
If love and pleasure be denied?
Snatch me hence ye fates whene'er
The am'rous bliss I cease to share.
O let us crop each fragrant flow'r
While youth and vigour give us pow'r;
For frozen age will soon destroy
The pow'r to give and take a joy.