Let us take the road (Johann Christoph Pepusch)
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First published: 1728
Description: An air from the Beggar's Opera, selected by Pepusch from Handel's "Rinaldo". This (near contemporary: 1755) arrangement as a glee is possibly also by Pepusch. John Gay's comparison of the occupations of highway robbery and alchemy.
Original text and translations
Let us take the road,
Hark, I hear the sound of coaches,
The hour of attack approaches,
To your arms, brave boys, and load.
See the ball I hold!
Let chemists toil like asses,
Our fire their fire surpasses
And turns all our lead to gold.