Thomas Linley
(1733 - 1795)

Linley : Dry be that tear, my gentlest love : illustration

Dry be that tear, my gentlest love
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Thomas Linley was the head of a musical Bath family several of whose children achieved a national reputation (as did his son in law, and lyricist in this piece).
Lyrics: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Dry be that tear, my gentlest love,
Be hushed that struggling sigh;
Not seasons, day, nor fate shall prove
More fixed, more true, than I.
Dry be that tear, be hushed that sigh,
I'll love thee till I die.

Ask'st thou how long my vows shall stay,
When all that's new is past?
How long, Ah! Delia, can I say
How long my life shall last?
Dry be that tear, be hushed that sigh,
I'll love thee till I die.

And does the thought affect thee too;
The thought of Sylvios' death;
That he who only lived for you
Should yield his faithful breath?
Hushed be that sigh, dry be that tear,
Nor let us loose our heaven here.