Benjamin Jacob
(1778 - 1829)

Jacob : Stay, O stay, thou lovely shade : illustration

Stay, O stay, thou lovely shade
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Jacob held the post of organist at Surrey Chapel when he published this serious glee.
Lyrics: William Hayley

Stay, O stay, thou lovely shade,
Brought by sleep to sorrow's aid.
Ah, the sweet illusion ends.
Light and reason, cruel friends;
Bid me not, with frantic care,
Vainly worship fleeting air.

Night return on rapid wing,
Round my head thy poppies fling.
Hateful day, thy reign be brief;
Darkness is the friend of grief.
Could'st thou, sleep, my dreams restore,
I should wish to sleep no more.