Joseph William Holder
(1764 - 1832)

Gentle friends, with tears forbear
(S.S.B. (or T.T.B.))
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From Holder's somewhat grandiloquently titled Op. 14.
Lyrics: Thomas Bancroft

Gentle friends, with tears forbear
To drown a withered flow'ret here;
That, in the spring of Nature's pride,
Drank the morning dew and died.
Death may teach you how to live,
And a friendly call doth give
To this humble house of mine:
Here's his inn and here's the sign.