Venanzio Rauzzini
(1746 - 1810)

Rauzzini : Come, give me lilies : illustration

Come, give me lilies
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Rauzzini collaborated with Sherston, a substantial Somerset landowner and a fellow member of the Bath Philharmonic Society, to produce several songs for performance in the Bath concerts.
Lyrics: Peter Sherston

Come, give me lilies, pinks and roses,
See, Chloe sleeps near yonder bower;
Come, strew the bank where she reposes,
With ev'ry fair and lovely flower.

Yet I dream not what mischief it makes,
And not long will their fragrance endure,
But a glance from her eye when she wakes
Will their sweetness and beauty restore.