John Danby
(c.1757 - 1798)

Come Delia, pride of rural swains
(A.T.B.)
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Published in Danby's Second Book of Catches, Canons and Glees, 1789.
Lyrics: Francis Fawkes

Come Delia, joy of rural swains,
Oh, come and bless thy native plains;
The daisies spring, the beeches bud,
The songsters warble in the wood.
Come Delia, haste, O haste away,
Your smiles will make the village gay;
When you return the vernal breeze
Will wake the buds and fan the trees;
O come and see the violets spring,
The meadows laugh, the linnets sing;
Your eyes our joyless hearts can cheer;
O haste, and make us happy here.