Richard Langdon
(1729 - 1803)

Sweet are the banks
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Langdon was organist at Exeter Cathedral, 1753-1777, during which time this glee was published. He then became organist at the cathedrals of Ely (1777), Bristol (1778), and Armagh (1782), retiring back to Exeter in 1794.
Lyrics: William Woty

Sweet are the banks when spring perfumes
The verdant plants and laughing flow'rs,
Fragrant the violet as it blooms,
And sweet the blossoms after show'rs.

Sweet is the soft, the sunny breeze,
That fans the golden orange grove;
But oh, how sweeter far than these,
Are the dear smiles of her I love.