Benjamin Cooke
(1734 - 1793)

Cooke : How sweet these airs : illustration

How sweet these airs
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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 collection.
Lyrics: Anon

"How sweet these airs, Anacreon, to the mind
To us, who for Elysium left mankind.
No sorrows now thy Sophocles shall know,
But having giv'n a keener edge to woe."
"Can there be woe?", the lyric bard replies:
"Let man but drink champagne and sorrow dies."