Richard John Samuel Stevens
(1757 - 1837)

Ask't thou how long my love shall stay
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This piece has a reply/pendant: Stevens' Think'st thou, my Damon, I'd forego.
Lyrics: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Ask't thou how long my love should stay,
When all that's new is passed?
How long, ah Delia, can I say
How long my life will last?
Dry be that tear, be hush'd that sigh,
At least I'll love thee till I die.

And does that thought affect thee too,
The thought of Damon's death;
That he who only lives for you
Must yield his faithful breath.
Hush'd be that sigh, be dry that tear,
Nor let us lose our heaven here.