James Brooks
(1760 - 1809)

Forever, fortune, wilt thou prove
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A glee created by marrying Thomson's words with a tune which Brooks identified (?erroneously) as "Highland Laddie".
Lyrics: James Thomson

Forever, fortune, wilt thou prove
An unrelenting foe to love,
And when we meet a mutual heart
Come in between and bid us part?

Bid us sigh on from day to day
And wish, and wish the soul away;
'Til youth and genial years are flown
And all the life of love is gone.

But busy, busy still art thou
To bind the loveless, joyless vow,
The heart from pleasure to delude,
To join the gentle to the rude.

For once, O fortune, hear my prayer,
And I absolve thy future care;
All other blessings I resign,
Make but the dear Amanda mine.