William Horsley
(1774 - 1858)

Oh! Sad and watchful waits thy lover
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Published London, 1801. The text is part of a madrigal from Mary Robinson's novel "Walsingham".
Lyrics: Mary Robinson

Oh! Sad and watchful waits thy lover,
Whose fate depends upon a smile,
Who counts the weary minutes over,
And chides his flutt'ring heart the while.
Who, as the zephyrs, softly blowing,
From drooping flow'rets shake the dew,
While down his cheek the tear is flowing,
Sweet rose of beauty! sighs for you.

Oh! proud and madd'ning is the pleasure,
When to my eyes thy form appears,
All dressed in Nature's winning treasure
Of blushing hopes and graceful fears.
And while our bosoms, wildly beating,
A thousand nameless raptures prove;
Our eyes, in speechless transport meeting,
Shall love to gaze, and gaze to love.