Luffman Atterbury
(1740 - 1796)

Ye gentle swains
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From Atterbury's collection of glees for three and four voices, pub. c.1777.
Lyrics: William Walsh

Ye gentle swains, who pass your days and nights
In love's sincere and innocent delights;
Ye tender virgins, who with pride display
Your beauty's splendour and extend your sway;
Lament with me, with me your sorrows join,
And mingle your united tears with mine,
Delia, the queen of love, let all deplore,
Delia, the queen of beauty, is no more.