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The tune was written by Maurice Bevan to be sung in St Paul’s Cathedral, of whose choir he had been a member for forty years. It is named after the area in Shropshire around the River Corve, and near the village of Stanton Lacey where his father had been vicar. It is set here in an anthem arrangement, but the sweetness of the tune is still plainly to be heard, carrying these unique words.
from notes by Alan Luff © 2004