William Horsley
(1774 - 1858)

On a bank beside a willow
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Published London, 1815. Horsley was an enthusiastic early-adopter of the metronome: tempo markings are his own.
Lyrics: John Dryden

On a bank beside a willow,
Heav'n her covering, earth her pillow,
Sad Amynta sigh'd alone.
From the cheerless dawn of morning
'Til the dews of night returning,
Singing thus she made her moan:
"Hope is banish'd, joys are vanish'd,
Damon my beloved is gone".