We have not walked these paths before

** Christopher Idle wrote this lyric on the first day of this millennium.


We have not walked these paths before.midi


I like this lyric a lot, and was particularly grateful for the chance to give it a musical setting, because, while I was researching my M.Phil dissertation, the author generously gave of his time to describe to me something of his hymn-writing process.

The music is named for Martin PORRES (1579-1639), patron saint of mixed race people and all who work for inter-racial harmony, whom the Church commemorates on 3 November, the day in 2001 on which I completed the setting.

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