Richard John Samuel Stevens
(1757 - 1837)

Wherefore burn with vain desires?
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From Warren's twenty-third collection of glees and catches.
Lyrics: Horace

Wherefore burn with vain desires?
Few the things that life requires;
Youth with rapid swiftness flies,
Beauty's blossom quickly dies.

Thus, beneath this lofty shade,
Thus, in careless freedom laid;
While we are with roses crown'd,
Let the cheerful bowl go round.