John Sale
(1756 - 1827)

Sometimes a happy rustic swain
(S.S.B.)
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"A collection of new glees composed by John Sale..." London, c.1800.
Lyrics: Metastasio (trans. Charles Burney)

Sometimes a happy rustic swain,
In cottage born, of humble stem,
Acquires with little toil and pain,
Thro' fortune's smiles, a diadem.

While he that's blasted by her frown,
To dire mischance is sure decreed;
And tho' entitled to a crown,
A field may till, a flock may feed.