John Speller's Web Pages Sweetly sang the angels

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Sweetly sang the angels
Cornishman John Julian (1839-1913) was born in St. Agnes near Newquay, and obtained an MA degree from the University of Durham in 1877. He also had a Cantuar DD and an honorary DD from Howard University in Washington DC. He is best known as the author of the monumental Dictionary of Hymnology but also wrote a numble of hymn and carol texts of which "Sweetly sang the angels" is one of the best known. In later life he was Vicar of Topcliffe and Wincobank in Yorkshire and a Prebendary of York Minster.

The composer of the tune, Thomas Frederick Dunhill (1877-1946) was a student of Stanford and became a music master at Eton College, and later Dean of the Faculty of Music at the University of London. His wife, Mary Penrose Arnold, the great-niece of Matthew Arnold, also had Cornish blood through her great-grandmother, Mary Penrose.

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The village of St. Agnes in Cornwall, where John Julian was born in 1839
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