Benjamin Cooke
(1734 - 1793)

Cooke : O sacred friendship, heaven's delight : illustration

O sacred friendship, heaven's delight
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Included by Thomas Warren in his "Collection of vocal harmony consisting of catches, canons and glees never before published", c.1775.
Lyrics: Miguel de Cervantes

O sacred friendship, heaven's delight,
Who, tired with man's unequal mind,
Took to thy native skies thy flight
While scarce thy shadow's left behind;
From thee, diffusive good below,
Peace and her train of joys we trace,
But falsehood, with dissembled show,
Too oft usurps thy sacred place.

Blessed genius, then resume thy seat;
Destroy imposture and deceit,
Which in thy dress confound the ball.
Harmonious peace and truth renew,
Shew the false friendship from the true,
Or nature must to chaos fall.