LANGHORNE, John. ~ The Tears of Music. A Poem, to the Memory of Mr. Handel. With an Ode to the River Eden... London: Printed for R. Griffiths... 1760.
4to (238 × 195 mm) in half-sheets, pp. 23, ; complete with half-title; title and final blank page rather dust-soiled; recent wrappers.
First edition: a scarce, early work by Langhorne (1735–1779), written from Hackthorn, Lincolnshire (where he served as a tutor) and dedicated to the Honourable Mrs Lane, ‘a great Lover and Patroness of Music’.
‘The Tears of Music may be considered as the genuine and animated wailings of Poetry, who deplores her Sister’s loss, in Handel, very melodiously through the quill of a favourite Devoté to these tuneful Powers. Indeed, Mr. Langhorne appears, from these small specimens, to possess an exact ear, and a delicate taste for these fine arts... We are regaled with as delightful a concert as can be without actual instruments and voices. The pauses and cadences’ (Monthly Review).
The ‘Ode to the River Eden’ which accompanies the main poem Langhorne describes as on a subject ‘merely personal’. Aubin quotes from it and describes it as ‘an early example of a “youthful recollections” poem’ (Topographical Poetry, p. 231).