Henry Rowley Bishop
(1786 - 1855)

Bishop : The Idol of Our Hopes and Fears : illustration

The Idol of Our Hopes and Fears
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"An elegiac glee... to the memory of our beloved and lamented Princess Charlotte of Wales", originally printed on black-bordered (mourning) paper.
Lyrics: John Petre

The idol of our hopes and fears,
Alas, is now no more.
Nor heart-felt sighs, nor fruitless tears
Can native worth restore.

Mourn'd by so many streaming eyes,
Her spotless soul's on wing:
Wafted, wafted to the skies,
Sad requiems let us sing.

Secure above, in blissful state,
Our lovely cherub seems to say:
"Lament not o'er my early fate,
For now I gain eternal day".