John Danby
(c.1757 - 1798)

Sweet thrush
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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-second collection.
Lyrics: Anon. probably the composer

Sweet thrush, that makes the vernal year
Sweeter than Flora can appear;
As Philomel attends thy lay
She envies the return of day.
The tuneful lyre and swelling flute
At thy rich warbling shall be mute.
Vocal minstrel, thy soft lay
Treasures up and ends the May.
Hark how the blackbird woos his love;
Hark the skilled musician of the grove;
Hark, on thorn as perch'd he nobly sings
A cadence for the best of kings,
Sublime and soft, gay and serene,
A virginal to hail a queen.
Nature's music, thus improve
All the graces and the loves.