The fine rolling tune that swings us along through the many verses had a long history from the eleventh century, in various liturgical forms, but reaches us in the version from a strange book of 1582 called Piae Cantiones (‘Devout Songs’) which is a treasure trove of old Catholic hymns adapted for the use of the protestant Swedish Church.
from notes by Alan Luff © 2002
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