John Alcock
(1715 - 1806)

Alcock : The Fool that is Wealthy : illustration

The Fool that is Wealthy
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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 seventeenth such collection.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

The fool that is wealthy is sure of a bride,
For riches like fig-leaves his nakedness hide,
But the slave that is poor may starve all his life,
In a bachelor's bed, without mistress or wife.

In the good days of yore they ne'er troubled their heads
With settling of jointures or making of deeds;
But Adam and Eve, at their first intercourse,
Ev'n took one another for better or worse.

Then prithee, dear Chloe, ne'er aim to be great,
Let love be thy jointure, ne'er mind an estate:
You can never be poor, who have so many charms,
And I shall be rich when I've you in my arms.