John Danby
(c.1757 - 1798)

When Delia strikes the trembling strings
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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-seventh such collection.
Lyrics: Anna Williams

When Delia strikes the trembling strings
She charms our listening ears;
But when she joins her voice to sing
She emulates the spheres.

The feathered songsters round her throng,
And catch the soothing notes;
To imitate her matchless song,
They strain their little throats.

The constant mournful cooing doves,
Attentive to her strain,
All mindful of their tender loves,
By list'ning sooth their pain.

Soft were the notes, by Orpheus played,
Which once recalled his bride;
But had he sung like this fair maid,
The nymph could not have died.