Luffman Atterbury
(1740 - 1796)

Welcome, friendly gleam of night
(A.T.B.)
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From Atterbury's collection of glees for three and four voices, pub. c.1777.
Lyrics: Anon

Welcome, friendly gleam of night,
Formed for revels and delight;
Formed sublimest joys to choose,
Season chose for wine and love.
Slumber still, ye sons of care,
Doomed the toils of life to share.
Partners of my social bowl,
Wake to bliss th'enchanted soul;
Fill the sparkling goblet higher,
Rouse, O rouse the dormant fire.
While the fleeting moments shine,
Rich with love and rich with wine.