Stephen Paxton
(1734 - 1787)

Upon the poplar bough
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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-second collection.
Lyrics: Virgil (trans. unknown)

Upon the poplar bough, in mournful strains,
For her lost young sad Philomel complains:
Of which the hind, with unrelenting breast,
As yet unfledged defrauds the tuneful nest:
Near which she sits upon the lightened spray,
Mournfully sad, and pours her soul away:
Renewing still her lamentable song,
While through the woods and vales the murmurs die along.