Music for No Particular Reason

Here’s the text:

Text: The Corpus Christi Carol – The faucon hath born my mak away

The faucon hath born my mak away.
Lully, lulley, lully, lulley.

He bare him up, he bare him down,
He bare him into an orchard brown.
Lully, lulley, lully, lulley.

In that orchard there was an hall,
That was hanged with purpel and pall.
Lully, lulley, lully, lulley.

And in that hall there was a bed;
It was hanged with gold so red.
Lully, lulley, lully, lulley.

And in that bed there lieth a knight,
His woundes bleeding day and night.
Lully, lulley, lully, lulley.

By that bedside there kneeleth a may,
And she weepeth both night and day.
Lully, lulley, lully, lulley.

And by that bedside there standeth a stone,
‘Corpus Christi’ written theron.
Lully, lulley, lully, lulley.


  1. Thomas Parkin says:

    I can’t listen to this, as I’m on a public computer without headphones – but I’m anxious to hear it when I get home. I’m only familiar due to Jeff Buckley.

  2. marginalizedmormon says:


  3. Thank you. Perfect.

  4. Is there anything better than a cappella choral music? (A generously reverberant space helps!) Thanks for sharing this exquisitely beautiful music, Kristine.

  5. gillsyk says:

    Very lovely. I see that it is from Wells Cathedral, which is itself an unusual and beautiful space — good combination!

    Geoffrey Burgon became popularly known back in the early 1980s for his haunting music for the PBS series Brideshead Revisited. Then if you saw the late-80s production of Chronicles of Narnia, there was something familiar about those French horns … I hadn’t known his “serious” music, so thankyou for this nice introduction.

  6. This is great Kristine, but I was kinda hoping for something like this:

  7. Kristine,

    Thanks for the peace I so desperately needed at the end of the day.

  8. Who needs a reason for such aesthetic loveliness?

  9. Lovely! A beautiful thing to wake up to.

  10. Gorgeous. Another beautiful version of this same text is by Trond Kverno.

  11. Jeff Buckley’s interpretation of Benjamin Britten’s version has been a long-time favorite, but this is also divine. Thank you for sharing, Kristine.

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