Thou happy wretch! (Samuel Wesley)
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- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-05-14). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 145 kB Copyright: CC BY SA
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Title: Thou happy wretch!
Composer: Samuel Wesley
Lyricist: Edward Young
Number of voices: 3vv Voicing: TTB
Genre: Secular, Glee
Instruments: A cappella
Description: Composed 1781.
Original text and translations
Thou happy wretch! by blindness thou art blest;
By dotage dandled to perpetual smiles.
Know, smiler! at thy peril art thou pleased;
Thy pleasure is the promise of thy pain.
Misfortune, like a creditor severe,
But rises in demand of her delay;
She makes a scourge of past prosperity,
To sting thee more, and double thy distress.