I was entranced by these beautifully crafted words by the prolific writer and Catholic theologian G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) and immediately wanted to set them to music.

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All in the Morning

The beautiful melody and first verse of this were taken down from Mr Hall of Castleton in Derbyshire by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The text, with another four verses featuring other events in the Christian year, comes from A Garland of Old Castleton Christmas Carols, 1903. Quite an obscure text but offset by a stunning modal tune.

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All is Calm and Cold

The text for this 2 part harmony round came from a beautiful poem Lux Aeterna by the Finnish poet Lassi Nummi and was translated by Donald Adamson.

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