John Danby
(c.1757 - 1798)

Begin the song
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Published in Danby's First Collection of Catches, Canons and Glees, 1785.
Lyrics: Abraham Cowley

Begin the song, and strike the living lyre:
Lo, how the years to come,
A numerous and well-fitted quire
All hand in hand do decently advance,
And to my song with smooth
And equal measure dance.
While the dance lasts, how long so e'er it be,
My music's voice shall bear it company;
Till all gentle notes be drown'd
In the last trumpet's dreadful sound.