John Danby
(c.1757 - 1798)

On beauty sleeping
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From Danby's fourth collection of glees, published posthumously "for the benefit of his widow and four infant children".
Lyrics: Song from the Opera of Elpidia (trans. Mary Jones)

Such radiant eyes who can withstand
That e'en in sleeping charm,
Or who resist the soft command
Since thro' the shades they warm?
Insensible how much they shine
As, ah, how much I grieve,
I greedy gaze, you sleep supine,
Nor know the wounds you give.