James Radcliffe

Hark, how the renovating spring
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Little is known of James Radcliffe beyond his description of himself on the title-page of his set of glees (pub. c.1790) as being "of Worcester Cathedral". He was a Lay Clerk there from 1780, but was suspended for absenteeism in 1791, and permanently dismissed in 1793.
Lyrics: John Gilbert Cooper

Hark, how the renovating spring
Invites the feathered choir to sing;
Spontaneous mirth and rapture glow
On ev'ry tree, on ev'ry bough.

Their little airs a lesson give:
They teach us mortals how to live,
And well advise us, whilst we can,
To spend in joy the vital span.