William Linley
(1771 - 1835)

Linley : Orpheus with his lute : illustration

Orpheus with his lute
(Song)
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A self-penned item from Linley's anthology of settings for Shakespeare's stage.
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

Orpheus with his lute made trees
And the mountain tops that freeze
Bow themselves when he did sing.
To his music plants and flowers
Ever sprung, as sun and showers
There had made a lasting spring.

Every thing that heard him play,
E'en the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads and then lay by.
In sweet music is such art,
Killing care and grief of heart.
Fall asleep, or hearing, die.