William Carnaby
(1772 - 1839)

Ye shepherds so cheerful and gay
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"Six Canzonets for two voices; The words taken from Shenstone and set to Music by William Carnaby, Late of His Majesty's Chapel Royal, now Organist of Huntingdon." London, 1794.
Lyrics: William Shenstone

Ye shepherds, so cheerful and gay
Whose flocks never carelessly roam;
Should Corydon's happen to stray,
Ah! Lead the poor wanderers home.
Allow me to muse and to sigh
Nor talk of the change that you find;
None once was so watchful as I:
I've left my dear Phyllis behind.