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The tune Picardy is a French folk melody and was first published in the 1848 Chansons populaires des provinces de France. Ralph Vaughan Williams also used an arrangement of it in the 1906 edition of The English Hymnal. The strong, rich modality is perhaps evocative of the perceived mysticism of the Christian East.
from notes by The Revd Dr James Hawkey © 2014
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