John Wall Callcott
(1766 - 1821)

Callcott : Go, idle boy : illustration

Go, idle boy
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This glee gained a Catch Club prize medal in 1789.
Lyrics: Alexander Pope

Go, idle boy, I quit thy bow'r,
Thy couch of many a thorn and flow'r;
I wish thee well for pleasures past,
And bless the hour I'm free at last.
Yet still, methinks, the altered day
Scatters around a mournful ray,
And chilling ev'ry zephyr blows,
And ev'ry stream untuneful flows.
Haste thee back then, idle boy,
And with thine anguish bring thy joy;
O rend my heart with ev'ry pain,
But let me love again.