Benjamin Cooke
(1734 - 1793)

Cooke : I prithee sweet : illustration

I prithee sweet
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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-ninth collection.
Lyrics: Anon

I prithee sweet, to me be kind,
Delight not so in scorning;
I sue for love, O let me find
Some pleasure 'midst my mourning.
What tho' to you I vassal be,
Let me my right inherit;
Send back the heart I gave to thee,
Since thine it cannot merit.
So I shall to the world declare
How good, how sweet, how fair you are.