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Composer: Benjamin Cooke (1734 - 1793)
Lyrics: Jonathan Swift
This glee won a Catch Club prize medal in 1767. The words are from the "Ode to musick on the longitude", attributed variously to Jonathan Swift, John Gay or Thomas Parnell. The failure of the Whiston-Ditton project to find the longitude by means of bombships was widely ridiculed by contemporaries. This is perhaps the most scabrous of the criticisms.
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