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It has been sung to a version of Purcell’s original tune. Many Anglican congregations know the hymn divided into four-line verses and sung to a graceful tune by John Stainer. Much better to keep the original eight-line verses and to use one of a number of suitable tunes. Here the tune is that by a Welsh school teacher and choral conductor that was composed in the heady times of the 1904–5 Revival.
from notes by Alan Luff © 2004
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