William Hayes
(1708 - 1777)

Hayes : Doth the sweet pastoral pipe neglected lie? : illustration

Doth the sweet pastoral pipe neglected lie?
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An elegy upon Mr [John] Gay. John Gay is nowadays remembered principally as the creator of The Beggar's Opera. He was equally famous amongst contemporaries for his pastoral poems.
Lyrics: Anon

Doth the sweet pastoral pipe neglected lie;
None skilled to awake its sleeping harmony?
In rural manners few a beauty find!
None sing of Lobbin Clout or Blouzelind!
'Mong simple swains, while innocence will stay,
We'll mourn thy hapless fate. Ah, gentle Gay.