Benjamin Cooke
(1734 - 1793)

Cooke : Stay, Laura stay : illustration

Stay, Laura stay
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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 thirty-first collection.
Lyrics: ? Birch

Stay, lovely Laura, stay,
Let us sit and play,
While Phoebus hurries on the sultry day.
Let us the whispering pines' cool shade enjoy;
How soft they murmur, as the zephyrs sigh,
While the brook, bubbling to my pipe's soft charms,
Shall woo some gentle vision to my arms.