William Horsley
(1774 - 1858)

The Cyprian Bird, With Plaintive Moan
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Published London, 1815. The text, much anthologised, is usually unattributed, being described only as a reply to one of Sheridan's verses. The attribution to his wife Elizabeth is sometimes made, but so is an ascription to Sheridan himself. Horsley was an enthusiastic early-adopter of the metronome: tempo markings are his own.
Lyrics: Elizabeth Sheridan

The Cyprian bird, with plaintive moan,
Still makes her faithful passion known;
Still Zeph'rus breathes on Flora's bow'rs,
And charms with sighs the queen of flow'rs.
Then let my sighs and tears but prove
The winds and waves that waft to love.