John Stafford Smith
(1750 - 1836)

Smith : Take, O take those lips away : illustration

Take, O take those lips away
(A.T.B.)
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Between 1763 and 1794 Thomas Warren published, through differing publishers, an annual collection of catches, canons and glees, under the aegis of the Catch Club. This item was published in the twentieth collection.
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

Take, O take those lips away,
Which so sweetly were forsworn;
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn.
But my kisses bring again
Seals of love, but seal'd in vain.

Hide, O hide those hills of snow,
Which thy frozen bosom bears;
On whose tops the pinks that grow
Are of those that April bears.
But first set my poor heart free,
Bound in those icy charms by thee.