John Wall Callcott
(1766 - 1821)

Callcott : Thyrsis, when he left me : illustration

Thyrsis, when he left me
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Printed for the author, c.1790.
Lyrics: Thomas Gray

Thyrsis, when he left me, swore
In the spring he would return.
Ah, what means that op'ning flower,
And the bud that decks the thorn?
'Twas the nightingale that sung!
'Twas the lark that upward sprung!

Idle notes, untimely green,
Ah, why such unavailing haste?
Gentle gales and skies serene
Prove not always winter past.
Cease my doubts, my fears to move;
Spare the honour of my love.