John Broderip
(1719 - 1770)

Love's a gentle gen'rous passion
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John Broderip was perhaps the most prominent member of a dynasty of west country musicians. He was organist at Wells Cathedral (succeeding his father) and published psalmody and glees. This glee comes from his collection of six (Op. 5), c.1770; he also wrote glees in collaboration with Henry Harington, M.D. in Wells then Bath, and leading light of the Bath Harmonic Society.
Lyrics: Henry Carey

Love's a gentle gen'rous passion,
Source of all sublime delight,
When with mutual inclination
Two fond hearts in one unite.
What are titles, pomp or riches
When compar'd with true content?
That false joy, which now bewitches,
When obtain'd we may repent.
Lawless passion breeds vexation,
But a true and constant love
Is a glorious emulation
Of the blissful state above.