Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington
(1735 - 1781)

Pale April, with her childish eye
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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: Frances Greville

Pale April, with her childish eye
Alike prepar'd to laugh or cry,
All unlamented hies away
And leaves the world to love and May.
Maia comes! fair queen of blooms,
Scatt'ring around her choice perfumes;
Lo! she comes! and leads her train
With songs and dances o'er the plain.

Cupid there, the wanton boy,
With ev'ry grace and ev'ry joy,
And rosy Health and gay Desire,
And zephyrs breathing am'rous fire;
See they frolic, hark they say
"Happy mortals hail the May,
Catch the blessings while they stay".