The tune carries that same sense of blessing. Its composer was a poet, mystical writer and spiritual healer. He knew many changes of belief in his life and it was as the result of one such return to faith that he wrote a number of poems and melodies. In 1915, in the middle of the First World War, he published a book: The great peace: being a New Year’s greeting to our motherland and the nations at present in conflict and a welcome to them all to the feast of the great peace, composed by your brother and comrade in the good fight of brotherhood. He organized a Brotherhood of Healers to treat sickness, both mental and physical, and would often sing to patients as part of their treatment. The present arrangement of the tune was made by Malcolm Archer for the Choristers of Bristol Cathedral.
from notes by Alan Luff © 2004