Joseph Baildon
(c.1727 - 1774)

When gay Bacchus
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This glee gained a Catch Club prize medal in 1766.
Lyrics: Anacreon trans. Fawkes

When gay Bacchus fills my breast,
All my cares are lulled to rest.
Rich I seem as Lydia's king;
Merry catch or ballad sing.
Ivy wreaths my temples' shade,
Ivy that will never fade.
Thus I sit in mind elate,
Laughing at the farce of state.
Some delight in fighting fields;
Nobler transports Bacchus yields.
"Fill the bowl" I ever said,
"'Tis better to lie drunk than dead."