While fools their time (John Stafford Smith)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-09-15). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 168 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: with accompaniment by Vincent Novello.
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-09-13). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 312 kB Copyright: CC BY SA
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Edition prepared from a primary source
Original text and translations
While fools their time in stormy strife employ,
Be ours engag'd in union, peace and joy.
Thus the blest gods the genial day prolong
In feasts ambrosial and celestial song.
Apollo tunes the lyre; the muses round
With voice alternate aid the silver sound.
Wisely, we imitate the pow'rs divine;
Peace at our heart, and pleasure our design.