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Drop, drop, slow tears – Song 46

First line:
Drop, drop, slow tears
author of text
1633; Poetical Miscellanies

Drop, drop, slow tears is a devotional reflection, sung at Passiontide but not specific to that season. Like The King of love and Let all mortal flesh, it was a Vaughan Williams ‘marriage’: in The English Hymnal he joined a poignant text by the Jacobean poet and clergyman Phineas Fletcher to one of Orlando Gibbons’s hymn tunes (Song 46, published in 1623). Interestingly, poet and composer are linked by their connection with King’s College, Cambridge, where Gibbons was a chorister and Fletcher a student.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2000


A Song of Farewell
Studio Master: SIGCD281Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Passiontide at St Paul's
Rejoice, the Lord is king!
Studio Master: CDA68013Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Sing, ye Heavens - Hymns for all time
COLCD126Download only
The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the north, rejoice
CDP12103Archive Service


Track 9 on CDA68013 [1'23]
Track 8 on CDH55436 [1'51]
Track 11 on CDP12103 [1'23] Archive Service
Track 10 on COLCD126 [1'46] Download only
Strain 1: Drop, drop, slow tears
Track 1 on SIGCD281 [2'00] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66916 track 8

Recording date
28 June 1996
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Passiontide at St Paul's (CDA66916)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: February 1997
    Deletion date: August 2010
    Superseded by CDH55436
  2. Passiontide at St Paul's (CDH55436)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: March 2012
1.Audio tour St Paul’s Cathedral, London
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