Sing of Mary, pure and lowly

Sing of Mary, pure and lowly. Roland Ford Palmer* (1891-1985). Written for the revised edition of the Canadian Book of Common Praise (Toronto, 1938), to which it was submitted anonymously (Palmer was a member of the committee). According to the H82 Companion, Volume 3A, p. 537, it was based on a poem of unknown authorship found in a pamphlet at Ilkeston, Derbyshire, ca. 1914, written for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the Canadian publication, the first two stanzas were printed in H40, with a doxology. In both books the hymn was attributed to ‘Anon., ca. 1914’. Stanley Osborne* writes: ‘With characteristic modesty, the author comments: “It is just a jingle, but jingles often...

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