Beautiful music by Dr Floyd to the words by J. G. Whittier The Tree of Peace.
This would make a very good short anthem, introit or hymn for those not familiar with the words and music. “John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 – September 7, 1892) was an American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Frequently listed as one of the Fireside Poets he was influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns Whittier is remembered particularly for his anti-slavery writings as well as his book Snow Bound” Dear Lord and Father of Mankind is another of his poems used for a hymn. One verse introduction. The words and music are attached.
Floyd was born in Aston, Birmingham in 1877 and after education and work in the UK came to Australia to take up the position of organist and Choir Director at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. He was there for over 30 years and wrote a number of anthems, hymns and voluntaries. As well as being a music critic for the Argus, he presented Music Lovers Hour on ABC radio for 24 years. He died in Melbourne in 1974.