John Danby
(c.1757 - 1798)

When Sappho tun'd the raptur'd strain
(S.A.B.)
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This glee gained a Catch Club prize medal in 1781. Published in Danby's First Collection of Catches, Canons and Glees, 1785.
Lyrics: Tobias Smollett

When Sappho tun'd the raptur'd strain,
The list'ning wretch forgot his pain;
With art divine the lyre she strung;
Like thee she play'd, like thee she sung.

For when she struck the quiv'ring wire,
The eager breast was all on fire;
But when she tun'd the vocal lay,
The captive soul was charm'd away.