What child is this?

There is some evidence that the tune for this song, Greensleeves, may have existed in printed form by at least 1580. Shakespeare refers to the tune in 1602 in The Merry Wives of Windsor. The modern text by William Chatterton Dix was created in 1865. I have set the tune mostly in Dorian mode, yet at times in minor. I feel the use of both gives the tune a more Renaissance feel and also allows far greater expression.

















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