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Poetry by Wiiliam Affleck (1868-1943)
Track(s) taken from CDH55156
Recording details: June 1995
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1995
Total duration: 2 minutes 32 seconds

'If these ardent renderings … do not find a place in your heart then you should wonder what your heart's made of' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Hyperion are to be congratulated on their courage in issuing this charming collection of songs which might be classified as an endangered species. Warmly recommended' (British Music Society Journal)

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Introduction
This song was also written in 1930—by Doctor Vincent O’Brien, who had been choirmaster to John McCormack when the singer was still an unknown student. O’Brien dedicated the song to the tenor’s wife. It reads: ‘To Lily. Countess McCormack. In kind remembrance’. This captivating piece contains traits of paganism and Christianity—a duality often found in the Celtic tradition.

from notes by Robert White 1995

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