Thomas Arne
(1710 - 1778)

Arne : Elegy on the death of Mr Shenstone : illustration

Elegy on the death of Mr Shenstone
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Between 1763 and 1794 Thomas Warren published, through differing publishers, an annual collection of catches, canons and glees, under the aegis of the Catch Club. This item was published in the eighth such collection.
Lyrics: John Cunningham

Come shepherds, we'll follow the hearse,
We'll see our loved Corydon laid;
Though sorrow may blemish the verse,
Yet let the soft tribute be paid.
They called him the pride of the plain,
In sooth he was gentle and kind;
He marked in his elegant strain
The graces that glowed in his mind.

No verdure shall cover the vale,
No bloom on the blossoms appear,
The sweets of the forest shall fail
And winter discolour the year.
No birds in our hedges shall sing,
Our hedges so vocal before;
Since he that should welcome the spring
Can hail the gay season no more.