Stephen Paxton
(1734 - 1787)

Bring me flowers
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From Paxton's "Selection of two songs, six glees and two catches", published posthumously as his Op. 7.
Lyrics: Her Grace [Georgiana] the Duchess of Devonshire

Bring me flowers and bring me wine;
Boy, attend thy master's call.
Round my brows let myrtles twine,
At my feet let roses fall.

Breathe in softest notes the flute,
Form in song and sound the lute.
Let thy gentle accents flow,
As the whisp'ring zephyrs blow.

Sorrow would annoy my heart,
But I hate its beautiful sting;
Joy shall chase the rapid dart,
For I will laugh and I will sing;

What avails the downcast eye,
What avails the tear, the sigh?
Why should grief obstruct our way
When we live but for a day?