John Stafford Smith
(1750 - 1836)

Smith : While fools their time : illustration

While fools their time
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This glee gained a Catch Club prize medal in 1776.
Lyrics: Alexander Pope

While fools their time in stormy strife employ,
Be ours engag'd in union, peace and joy.
Thus the blest gods the genial day prolong
In feasts ambrosial and celestial song.
Apollo tunes the lyre; the muses round
With voice alternate aid the silver sound.
Wisely, we imitate the pow'rs divine;
Peace at our heart, and pleasure our design