O come ye fair, while blooming May (Benjamin Cooke)
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First published: 1777
Description: An Occasional Ode which obtained a Catch Club Prize Medal in 1777.
Original text and translations
O come ye fair, while blooming May
Is deck'd in all the pride of Spring!
O come and crown this festive day
With smiles that charm us while we sing.
If beauty smiles, no cares annoy,
Sweet music's pow'rs each bliss improve;
Beauty is the source of ev'ry joy
And music is the food of love.
O love, thou parent of delight,
Whose magic soothes the savage mind,
By thee our passions tun'd unite
In harmony to bless mankind.