O Cherub Content, at thy moss-cover'd shrine I'd all the gay hopes of my bosom resign, I'd part with ambition, thy vot'ry to be, And breathe not a sigh but to friendship and thee. But thy presence appears from my wishes to fly, Like the gold-colour'd cloud on the verge of the sky; No lustre that hangs on the green willow tree Is so short as the smile of thy favour to me. O Cherub Content, at thy moss-cover'd shrine I would offer my vows, if Matilda were mine; Could I call her my own, whom enraptured I see, I would breathe not a sigh, but to friendship and thee.
- by Thomas Campbell (1777 - 1844) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809), "The flower of North Wales (Blodeu Cwynedd)", JHW. XXXII/4 no. 356, Hob. XXXIb no. 58. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani
This text was added to the website: 2011-09-19
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Word count: 110