Why steal the tears adown thy cheek? (Anonymous)

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Title: Why steal the tears adown thy cheek?
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1785

Description: From a collection of six glees "Composed by an amateur and most respectfully inscribed to Miss Fisher", London, c.1785.

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Original text and translations

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Why steal the tears adown thy cheek.
Where love and pleasure ought to reign?
The cruel cause, ah quickly speak,
And make me partner of thy pain.

That meaning face and breast of snow,
That heart to ev'ry virtue prone,
Were made to soothe another's woe,
But ne'er feel sorrows of their own.