William Horsley
(1774 - 1858)

Throw the gaudy roses from thee
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Published London, 1815. Horsley was an enthusiastic early-adopter of the metronome: tempo markings are his own.
Lyrics: Leigh Hunt

Throw the gaudy roses from thee,
Dash the cup to earth.
Little, heedless youth, become thee
Roses, wine and mirth.

What's the mirth that thus delights thee?
Taste his sweets no more.
He that to the feast invites thee,
Stabs thee when 'tis o'er.

But touch thy lyre in gentle measure,
Peace is all our heav'n;
Bliss is an immortal's treasure,
Nor to man is given.