Three Belloc songs

author of text
No 3: from The Four Men

The night and My own country (both 1926) were two of a group of three settings by Hilaire Belloc, a one-time Liberal MP, prolific essayist on social, political and religious topics, and versatile poet. My own country is an example of that simple strophic design that Warlock so often essayed, given breadth and fluidity by its flowing, ever-changing phraseology and subtle modulation. The night, also strophic, recalls the variegational techniques of Lilligay in its constant harmonic amplification which in turn provides a more sinister overtone to the setting’s prayerful atmosphere.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2001


Warlock: Songs
CDH55442Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
On this Island
CDA67227Archive Service
The Power of Love
CDA67888Composers of World War I
A Treasury of English Song
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP30Super-budget price sampler — Deleted


No 1: Ha'nacker Mill  Sally is gone that was so kindly
Track 25 on CDH55442 [2'40] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 2: The night  Most Holy Night, that still dost keep
Track 2 on CDA67227 [1'53] Archive Service
Track 20 on CDA67888 [2'11] Composers of World War I
Track 26 on CDH55442 [2'06] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 3: My own country  I shall go without companions
Track 1 on CDA67227 [2'15] Archive Service
Track 27 on CDH55442 [2'33] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 25 on HYP30 [2'15] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDA66736 track 25

Ha'nacker Mill
Recording date
6 September 1994
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Warlock: Songs (CDA66736)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: November 1994
    Deletion date: October 2010
    Superseded by CDH55442
  2. Warlock: Songs (CDH55442)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: June 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)