Thomas Arne
(1710 - 1778)

Arne : Though darkness still attends me (reduced accompaniment) : illustration

Though darkness still attends me (reduced accompaniment)
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"Sung by Mr Berry in The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green". A full orchestral version is also available.
Lyrics: Robert Dodsley

Tho' darkness still attends me,
It aids eternal sight,
And from such scenes defends me
As blush to see the light.
No villain's smile deceives me,
No gilded fop offends,
No weeping object grieves me,
Kind darkness me befriends.

Henceforth no useless wailings;
I see no reason why
Mankind to their own failings
Are all as blind as I.
Who painted vice desires
is blind, whate'er he thinks;
Who virtue not admires,
Is either blind or winks.