The Divine Services and Anthems
The Irish are well-known for their musicality, and in ancient times professional harpists were honoured above all other musicians. Indeed, according to legend, it was a King David of Ireland that took the harp as arms for the country. The harp is the emblem of Ireland, and was depicted on very early Irish coins, used famously on the 'Erin go Bragh' (Ireland Forever) flag, and is now found in the seals of the President and other officials, the coat of arms, and euro coins. It is apt that the frontispiece to this compilation of chapel songs for England and Ireland shows pious King David playing his harp.