Benjamin Cooke
(1734 - 1793)

Cooke : Hand in hand, with fairy grace : illustration

Hand in hand, with fairy grace
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A setting published by the Noblemen and Gentlemen's Catch Club after Cooke's death (1795).
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.
Now, until the break of day,
Through this house each fairy stray.
To the best bride-bed will we,
Which by us shall blessed be;
And the issue there create
Ever shall be fortunate.
So shall all the couples three
Ever true in loving be;
And the blots of Nature's hand
Shall not in their issue stand:
Never mole, hare-lip, nor scar,
Nor mark prodigious, such as are
Despised in nativity,
Shall upon their children be.
With this field-dew consecrate,
Every fairy take his gait,
And each several chamber bless,
Through this palace, with sweet peace;
Ever shall in safety rest,
And the owner of it blest.
Trip away, make no stay;
Meet we all by break of day.