Bethlehem Down

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Bethlehem Down is a choral anthem or carol composed in 1927 by Anglo-Welsh composer Peter Warlock (1894–1930) (the pseudonym of Philip Arnold Heseltine) and set to a poem written by journalist and poet Bruce Blunt (1899–1957). It is a popular anthem used in the Anglican church during the liturgical seasons of Christmastide and Epiphany. Warlock wrote it to finance an "immortal carouse" (a heavy bout of drinking) on Christmas Eve 1927 for himself and Blunt, who were experiencing financial difficulty. The pair submitted the carol to the Daily Telegraph's annual Christmas carol contest and won.[1]

The carol also exists as a song for voice and piano.

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  1. ^ "Bethlehem Down: A carol by Peter Warlock" Archived January 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. by Mike Leuty in Claves regni: The Online Magazine of St. Peter's Church, Nottingham with All Saints, published by St. Peter's Church, Nottingham. Accessed 24 January 2007.

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