James Radcliffe

The Kiss
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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: Anon

Balmy pledge of love sincere,
Sweeter than the dew-bent rose;
Rapture, unalloyed by care,
Whence perennial pleasure flows.

Sweeter than the morning breeze,
Wafted o'er the op'ning flow'r;
Than the bloom of hawthorn trees,
After May's pellucid show'r.

These, my fair, like transient youth,
Boast their spring, and disappear;
But thy lips, preserved by truth,
Breathe their sweetness all the year.