Johann Christoph Pepusch (arr.)
(1667 - 1752)

Let us take the road
(A.T.B.)
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An air from the Beggar's Opera, selected by Pepusch from Handel's "Rinaldo". This (near contemporary: 1755) arrangement as a glee is possibly also by Pepusch. John Gay's comparison of the occupations of highway robbery and alchemy.
Lyrics: John Gay

Let us take the road,
Hark, I hear the sound of coaches,
The hour of attack approaches,
To your arms, brave boys, and load.
See the ball I hold!
Let chemists toil like asses,
Our fire their fire surpasses
And turns all our lead to gold.