Richard Suett
(1755 - 1805)

Do but observe this magic glass
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A glee written by Suett for use at the Ad Libitum Society, of which he was a member.

The Ad Libitum Society was a dining club (like the Beefsteak Club, with which it had members and premises in common), which maintained its own kitchen, wine cellar and cook, and where professional musicians and gentleman amateurs could meet and socialise together. Suett himself was a comedian and professional singer.
Lyrics: Edward Bearcroft jnr.

Do but observe this magic glass,
Now sparkling with the purple stream;
It makes those wonders come to pass
Of which old greybeards never dream.
It's potent virtues are so rare
It renovates our youthful prime,
Drowns grief and vanquishes despair,
And binds the wings of fleeting time.