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The gracious gift

First line:
O my dear heart, young Jesus sweet
December 2008
author of text
from Ane Compendious Buik of Godly and Spirituall Songis by the Wedderburn brothers James, John and Robert, published in 1567

This cradle song comes from Ane Compendious Buik of Godly and Spirituall Songis (1567) by the Dundee brothers, James, John and Robert Wedderburn. ‘Ane song of the birth of Christ, with the tune of Baw lula low [Balulalow]’ is a verse translation of Luther’s Vom Himmel hoch. The composer and teacher Alan Bullard has chosen to include the final stanza in his setting, which begins as a conventional doxology but then focuses on God’s New Year gift. He writes: ‘This flowing setting of the traditional sixteenth-century text gently pictures Mary rocking Jesus, a Christmas gift for humankind.’

from notes by John Heighway © 2019


Christmas at St George's Windsor
Studio Master: CDA68281Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 21 on CDA68281 [2'58]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68281 track 21

Recording date
29 June 2018
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas at St George's Windsor (CDA68281)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: November 2019
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