By Kathryn Hall | May 10, 2008
Photo courtesy Andy Niles and savethetaunton.org
Flow gently, sweet Taunton, thy bright course along,
Flow gently, sweet river, the theme of my song,
For planted along by they silvery tide,
Are the happiest homes in the all the world wide.
We love thee, sweet River: thy banks are so green
As when by brave Winslow and Hopkins first seen;
The sturgeon and shad still in summer are here,
And herrings make glad the spring-time of the year.
Flow gently, for oft by thy murmuring stream,
The maiden and lover hae breathed life’s young dream;
Flow gently, the wise and fair of lang syne,
Have wandered so oft on those green banks of thine.
Sweet River, so long as they tides ebb and flow,
And o’er they clear water the cooling winds blow,
They name for fond memories and hopes will be dear,
To all who find peaceful and happy homes here.
These lyrics were prepared for the Quarter Millennial Celebration of the city of Taunton, Massachusetts held June 4 and 5, 1889. The song was intended to be sung to the tune “Sweet Afton.” The mayor who presided over the event was Mayor Richard Henry Hall.