What bright joy can this exceed? (Samuel Webbe)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-02-19).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 194 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: What bright joy can this exceed?
Composer: Samuel Webbe
Lyricist: Anacreon (trans. Francis Fawkes)create page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1785


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Original text and translations

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What bright joy can this exceed,
This of roving o'er the mead?
Where the hand of Flora pours
Such a store of sweetest flow'rs;
Where the zephyr's balmy gale
Wantons in the lovely vale.
Oh! How pleasing to recline
Underneath the spreading vine,
In the close concealment laid
With a love-inspiring maid,
Fair and sweet, and young and gay,
Sporting all the live-long day.