Samuel Webbe
(1740 - 1816)

Webbe : What bright joy can this exceed : illustration

What bright joy can this exceed
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Included in Warren's twenty-second collection of glees and catches.
Lyrics: Anacreon (trans. Francis Fawkes)

What bright joy can this exceed,
This of roving o'er the mead?
Where the hand of Flora pours
Such a store of sweetest flow'rs;
Where the zephyr's balmy gale
Wantons in the lovely vale.
Oh! How pleasing to recline
Underneath the spreading vine,
In the close concealment laid
With a love-inspiring maid,
Fair and sweet, and young and gay,
Sporting all the live-long day.