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The Tree of Life my soul has seen

posted Oct 17, 2017, 12:46 PM by David Mitchell   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 1:06 PM ]
We recorded this anthem at our Edith Cavell evensong on Tuesday night (10 October 2017). Hope you like it. The soloist is Lydia Stoddart. The music's my own.
    The text has been set many times. Some people think it's American. But it first appeared in a London publication, The Spiritual Magazine, in 1761, with the name of the author given as "R.H." A gentleman called Gerald Montagna has done some careful research and found out that it was written by an English Calvinistic Baptist pastor by the name of Richard Hutchins, who led a congregation in Long Buckby until 1764 or 1765. You can read Montagna's research for yourself. There's also useful info about the text on Wikipedia.