John Stanley
(1712 - 1786)

Music has power
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From "Calliope or English Harmony. A Collection of the most celebrated English and Scots songs", London, 1746. The unfigured bass has been realised editorially.

Many of the songs from this collection were probably composed for the London pleasure gardens, particularly Vauxhall.
Lyrics: Anon

Music has power to melt the soul, by beauty Nature's swayed;
Each can the universe control, without the other's aid.

But here together both appear and force united try;
Music enchants the listening ear, and beauty charms the eye.

What cruelty, these powers to join; such transports who can bear?
Oh! Let the sound be less divine, or look the nymph less fair.