He touched his harp, and nations heard, entranced, As some vast river of unfailing source, Rapid, exhaustless, deep, his numbers flowed And opened new fountains in the human heart.
The Course of Time. Book iv. Line 684.
Note 1. This song was written and composed by Linley for Mr. Augustus Braham, and sung by him. It is not known when it was written,probably about 1830.
Another song, entitled Though lost to Sight, to Memory dear, was published in London in 1880, purporting to have been written by Ruthven Jenkyns in 1703 and published in the Magazine for Mariners. That magazine, however, never existed, and the composer of the music acknowledged, in a private letter, that he copied the words from an American newspaper. The reputed author, Ruthven Jenkyns, was living, under another name, in California in 1882. [back]