Samuel Webbe
(1740 - 1816)

Webbe : The Fragrant Painting of the Flow'ry Fields : illustration

The Fragrant Painting of the Flow'ry Fields
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This glee gained a Catch Club prize medal in 1784.
Lyrics: Thomas Tickell

The fragrant painting of the flow'ry fields
The choicest stores that youthful summer yields,
Strephon to fair Eliza hath conveyed:
The sweetest garland to the fairest maid.
O cheer the flow'rs my dear, and let them rest
On the Elysium of thy snowy breast.

But as this night shall see the wreath decline,
The roses wither and the lilies pine,
May that as a lesson to my charmer prove,
To spend each moment of her life in love.