Hence all ye vain delights (Samuel Webbe)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-09-13).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 274 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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Title: Hence all ye vain delights
Composer: Samuel Webbe
Lyricist: John Fletcher
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1780
Description: Written for Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn

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Original text and translations

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Hence, all ye vain delights,
As short as are the nights
Wherein you spend your folly:
There's nought in this life sweet,
If man were wise to see't,
But only melancholy,
O sweetest melancholy!
Welcome, folded arms, and fixed eyes,
A sigh that piercing mortifies,
A look that's fastened to the ground,
A tongue chained up without a sound;
Fountain-heads, and pathless groves,
Places which pale passion loves;
Moonlight walks, when all the fowls
Are safely housed, save bats and owls;
A midnight bell, a parting groan:
These are the sounds we feed upon;
Then stretch our bones in a still, gloomy valley,
Nothing's so dainty sweet as melancholy.