Samuel Wesley
(1766 - 1837)

Wesley : Thou happy wretch! : illustration

Thou happy wretch!
(T.T.B.)
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Composed 1781.
Lyrics: Edward Young

Thou happy wretch! by blindness thou art blest;
By dotage dandled to perpetual smiles.
Know, smiler! at thy peril art thou pleased;
Thy pleasure is the promise of thy pain.
Misfortune, like a creditor severe,
But rises in demand of her delay;
She makes a scourge of past prosperity,
To sting thee more, and double thy distress.