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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.
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Daisies are our silver, Buttercups our gold: This is all the treasure We can have or hold.
Raindrops are our diamonds And the morning dew; While for shining sapphires We’ve the speedwell blue.
These shall be our emeralds Leaves so new and green; Roses make the reddest Rubies ever seen.
God, who gave these treasures To your children small, Teach us how to love them And grow like them all.
Make us bright as silver: Make us good as gold; Warm as summer roses Let our hearts unfold.
Jan Struther (1901-1953)
The tune ‘Glenfinlas’ was written for other words by Kenneth Finlay, a Scot, who began life in naval architecture and then trained as a musician and spent the rest of his working life teaching class singing. For the 1931 edition of Songs of Praise Jan Struther wrote these words for the tune. They have come to stand for the Songs of Praise style of hymn for young children, with a concern in the first three verses that children should have a delight in God’s creation. There is however a reluctance to leave behind Victorian moralizing in the last three. The linking of the images with the particular virtues is perhaps too complicated for young children.