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I have twelve oxen

author of text
early English

Less reflective in character is I have twelve oxen (1918), a setting of an early English text from the days when oxen (clearly of many different colours and hues according to the poem) strode these lands. The poet does nothing more than show them off to a 'little pretty boy'. On more than the surface this seems robust, high-spirited stuff (and can be sung and played as such) but intriguingly the song is marked 'Allegretto grazioso' by Ireland, emphasised by 'con grazia' in the opening bar. One commentator has even referred to the 'gentleness' of the setting.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999


Ireland: Songs
A Treasury of English Song
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP30Super-budget price sampler — Deleted


Track 29 on CDA67261/2 CD1 [1'47] 2CDs
Track 5 on HYP30 [1'47] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for HYP30 track 5

Recording date
1 September 1998
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Mike Clements & Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Ireland: Songs (CDA67261/2)
    Disc 1 Track 29
    Release date: June 1999
  2. A Treasury of English Song (HYP30)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: April 2004
    Deletion date: November 2011
    Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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