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Three Hymns to Our Lady (3): Mirfield (Hail, O Star that pointest)

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This is the third of ’Three Hymns to Our Lady’: new tunes for well-known Marian hymns.

The music, composed in 1997, is dedicated to my erstwhile colleague, The Reverend Paul Overend who was, at the time of composition, Senior Anglican Chaplain to the Colleges of Cardiff.

The music may be sung to the 9th-century Latin words (found in full in the Liber Usualis), the first verse of which is given here. The music is more usually sung to Athelstan Riley’s English translation (found in the New English Hymnal).

This hymn has been sung many times, both liturgically and in concert performances, and it led to the commissioning of my two hymn-tunes that appear in ’The Hymns and Letters of Ann Griffiths’, published by Stainer & Bell. In turn, those tunes led to my being invited to contribute music to Marjorie Dobson’s ’Multi-Coloured Maze’. For information about both those publications, visit www.stainer.co.uk/acatalog/hymn_authors.html

This hymn-tune may be downloaded free of charge. If you sing it in your church, please be so kind as to let me know by email.

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