Rev. J. Johnson

By shrubs that skirt the scented mead
(T.T.B. or S.S.B.)
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Issued as one of
"Six glees for two, three and four voices, Compos'd by an Essex amateur
Entered at Stationers Hall. Price 3s."
and with the dedication
"To the Honble. Mrs Musgrave (as the best and most accomplish'd Woman of his acquaintance) These Glees are humbly inscribed by her devoted friend and servant The Author."

Study of the registers of Stationers' Hall shew the author behind the anonymity to have been one Rev. J. Johnson, but nothing further is known of him beyond his name.
Lyrics: Anon

By shrubs that skirt the scented mead,
Or garden paths embroidered gay,
The hand of peace our steps may lead,
Beguiling envious time away.

But rural life such scenes among,
In all its happiest mood is found:
When Philomela's warbled song
Pours melting melody around.