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Herongate 'In Jesse's City'
First line:
It is a thing most wonderful
'In Jesse's City', traditional English melody
'Herongate'; NEH 84
author of text

'The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice' (CDP12103)
The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice
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Herongate 'In Jesse's City'
The Passion of Jesus invokes both the intense emotion of the last hymn and the child-like wonder of this. Walsham How possessed that rare gift of being able to communicate with children, and was known as ‘the children’s bishop’. Simple though its thoughts are, they are entirely to the point; the hymn is carefully crafted as a child’s meditation on the Cross.

The wrong tune could destroy this hymn: the thoughtful simplicity of a folk tune has been found to serve it well. Herongate is a place near Ingrave, Essex, where Vaughan Williams collected the tune in 1903.

from notes by Alan Luff 2002

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDP12103 track 10
Recording date
19 June 2002
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. The English Hymn, Vol. 3 Hills of the north, rejoice (CDP12103)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: September 2002
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