John Stafford Smith
(1750 - 1836)

Smith : 'Midst silent shades : illustration

'Midst silent shades
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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 sixteenth collection.
Lyrics: (?John) Hughes

'Midst silent shades and purling streams
The god of love supinely dreams;
In rosy and fantastic chains
He leads deluded maids and swains.
But if the trumpet's loud alarms
Call us to deeds of manly arms,
Rous'd from his downy bed, he cuts the yielding air,
Sour'd at the noise and thunder of the war.