John Danby
(c.1757 - 1798)

Daughter of Heav'n, whose magic call
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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 twenty-first such collection.
Lyrics: Pindar (trans. unknown)

Daughter of Heav'n, whose magic call
From nothing made this wond'rous all
In beauteous order rise,
Thou, who at Nature's earliest birth,
Saw'st vernal fragrance clothe the Earth,
And brighten all the skies,

Thee I invoke, whose sacred sway
Hath bound the earth, the air and sea,
In one eternal chain.
Come then, O come, celestial maid,
Be present to thy vot'ries' aid
And harmonize the strain.

So, when thy Orpheus strikes the strings,
Then Music waves her purple wings
And undulates around,
The groves with all their echoes mourn,
And sympathetic rocks return
The inexpressive sound.