Luffman Atterbury
(1740 - 1796)

Gentle air, thou breath of lovers
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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 collection.
Lyrics: Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea

Gentle air, thou breath of lovers,
Vapour from a secret fire,
Which by thee itself discovers,
E'er yet daring to aspire.

Softest note of whispered anguish,
Harmony's refined part,
Striking whilst thou seem'st to languish,
Full upon the list'ner's heart.