Notes from the artist
Thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages, “Kingsfold” is a folk tune set to a variety of texts in England and Ireland. The tune was published in English Country Songs (1893), an anthology compiled by Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland. It bears a striking resemblance to the Irish tune “Star of the County Down,” of which “Kingsfold” is likely a variant (or vice-versa). After having heard the tune in Kingsfold, Sussex, England (thus its name), Ralph Vaughan Williams introduced it as a hymn tune in The English Hymnal (1906) as a setting for Horatius Bonar’s text, “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.” The cover photo is of a parish church in Sussex.