Thomas Linley
(1733 - 1795)

Linley : Fly to my aid, O mighty love : illustration

Fly to my aid, O mighty love
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Invocation from "Elegies for three Voices with an accompanyment for a Harpsichord and Violoncello Composed by Thomas Linley of Bath. London. Printed by P, Welcher in Gerrard Street, Soho, for the Author, and sold at his house in Bath; and at the Music Shops, where may be had the Opera of ye Royal Merchant by the same Author." c.1770.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

Fly to my aid, O mighty love,
From out thy amaranthine bow'rs'
Where beauty lives and pleasure reigns'
To crown with bliss thy happy hours.

Bear on thy wings propitious dreams,
Stealing the soul to secret joys
The muses and the graces bring
With each soft art thy pow'r employs.

'Midst such enchantment, to my song impart
Thy pleasing pain, and fond distress of heart.

Yet vain your aid unless Emira dear,
Whose wond'rous charms have robbed me of my rest,
Approve my lay; if she approve,
My song shall speak the rapture of my breast.