William Horsley
(1774 - 1858)

See how fair Flora decks our fields
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Published London, 1802. Horsley was an enthusiastic early-adopter of the metronome: tempo markings are his own.
Lyrics: Michael Drayton

See how fair Flora decks our fields with flow'rs,
And clothes our groves in gaudy summer's green;
And wanton spring dours forth her balmy show'rs,
To hasten Ceres, harvest's hallow'd queen.

Now shepherds lay their winter weeds away,
And in neat jackets sporting on the plains,
And at the rivers fishing day by day.
Now who so frolic as the shepherd swains?