William Hayes
(1708 - 1777)

Hayes : I pluck'd this morn : illustration

I pluck'd this morn
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"An Anacreontick". The wide range on the top line makes it uncomfortable for tenor or alto, but slightly less so for the latter.
Lyrics: George Herbert (adapted John Wesley)

I pluck'd this morn those beauteous flow'rs,
Emblem of my fleeting hours,
'Tis thus, said I, my lifetime flies;
So it blooms and so it dies.
And lo, how soon they steal away,
Wither'd e'er the noon of day;
Adieu, well pleased my end I see,
Gently taught philosophy:
Fragrance and ornament alive,
Physic after death they give.
Let me throughout my little stay
Be as useful and as gay.
My close as early let me meet,
So my odour be as sweet.