Philip Hayes
(1738 - 1797)

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Fain would I sing
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Published in The Muses' Delight, 1786.
Lyrics: Anacreon (trans. Mr Tillotson)

Fain would I sing of Cadmus' deeds,
And tell where brave Atrides bleeds.
My lyre, accustom'd to the tune,
Still sings of love, and love alone.

I lately chang'd its am'rous bent,
On heroes, battles, wars, intent:
In vain, alas! Its usual tone
Still sings of love, and love alone.

Ye valiant chiefs and kings, adieu,
My lyre will not admit of you;
For though I've chang'd its sprightly tone,
It still will sing of love, and love alone.