1] Composed as a processional hymn for children at Horbury Bridge, near Wakefield, Yorkshire, published in The Church Times in 1864, and set to its now-traditional tune, "St. Gertrude," by Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) in 1871 (Handbook to the Church Hymnary, 3rd edn., ed. John M. Barkley [London: Oxford University Press, 1979], no. 480, p. 174). Baring-Gould originally entitled the song "Hymn for Procession with Cross and Banners," and it is still listed among processional pieces in hymnals.
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Original text: The English Hymnal with Tunes (London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press; and A. R. Mowbray ), no. 643, pp. 832-33. M 2136 .E554 1906 Trinity College Library.
First publication date: 1864
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/16
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