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John Milton wrote this poem, based on Psalm 136, at the age of 15. The psalm is a litany of praise and thanksgiving for God’s goodness to Israel.

The poem originally had 24 verses - including these lines: And large-limbed Og he did subdue, with all his over-hardy crew. Most modern hymnbooks reduce the poem to 6 or 7 verses!

This version was first performed in 2011 at the Sheldon Centre, Dunsford, Devon. http://www.sheldon.uk.com

The mp3 recording extract is taken from a CD made in August 2012 by the Langford Singers, conducted by the composer, with pianist Andrew Daldorph.

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