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Drop, drop, slow tears – Song 46

First line:
Drop, drop, slow tears
author of text
1633; Poetical Miscellanies

Drop, drop, slow tears is a devotional reflection, sung at Passiontide but not specific to that season. Like The King of love and Let all mortal flesh, it was a Vaughan Williams ‘marriage’: in The English Hymnal he joined a poignant text by the Jacobean poet and clergyman Phineas Fletcher to one of Orlando Gibbons’s hymn tunes (Song 46, published in 1623). Interestingly, poet and composer are linked by their connection with King’s College, Cambridge, where Gibbons was a chorister and Fletcher a student.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2000


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Strain 1: Drop, drop, slow tears
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Track-specific metadata for SIGCD545 track 16

Recording date
12 January 2018
Recording venue
Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Chris Hazell
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Robin Hawkins
Hyperion usage
  1. Praise my soul (SIGCD545)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: October 2018
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