William Paxton
(1737 - 1781)

In friendship's mask
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From A Collection of Glees and Catches, London, 1782.
Lyrics: Anon

In friendship's mask, to cheat our eyes,
How oft does sportive love appear;
Or frowns in anger's rude disguise,
Or melts in pity's moving tear?
Now seems allurement, now disdain,
But under every form and name,
Glowing with pleasure, mad with pain,
Love, subtle love is still the same.