identifying a hymn tune
  • CGM
    Posts: 419
    I've had this little snippet of melody in my head, and I can't figure out what it is. I think that it's the 3rd and 4th measures of some hymn-tune; anyone know which?
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  • The first four notes could be In Babilone
    but the rest doesn't match.
    I'll keep trying
    Are you sure about those last notes?

    Ahhh Eureka!! It just came to me -
    It's Neander (bars 3-4 and 7-8) -
    as paired with 'He is risen, he is risen!' at no. 90 in the 1940.
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  • CGM
    Posts: 419
    Thank you! Exactly right! Now I just need to remember it four months from now...
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  • Elmar
    Posts: 65
    In such case the tune search function on is extremely useful!

  • this forum is amazing. I had no idea there was a tune search function! Thanks!!
  • ronkrisman
    Posts: 1,296 lists tunes according to the names given them in various hymnals. So mistakes are made. Some hymnal in the past named the tune under consideration NEANDER. (There is another tune also named NEANDER.) But pert near everyone these days gives the tune name UNSER HERRSCHER to the tune for which CGM provided a snippet.
  • CCoozeCCooze
    Posts: 720
    It is also listed as UNSER HERRSCHER in my hymnal.
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  • Liam
    Posts: 3,462
  • If you don't want to wait until Easter, there are several advent texts which pair well with this great tune:

    All ye Gentile lands awake!
    Thou, O Salem, rise and shine!
    See the day spring o'er you break,
    Heralding a morn divine,
    Telling, God hath called to mind
    Those who long in darkness pined.

    Lo! the shadows flee away,
    For our Light is come at length,
    Brighter than all earthly day,
    Source of being, life, and strength!
    Whoso on this Light would gaze
    Must forsake all evil ways.

    Ah how blindly did we stray
    Ere shone forth this glorious Sun,
    Seeking each his separate way,
    Leaving Heaven, unsought, unwon;
    All our looks were earthward bent,
    All our strength on earth was spent.

    Earthly were our thoughts and low,
    In the toils of Folly caught,
    Tossed of Satan to and fro,
    Counting goodness all for nought!
    By the world and flesh deceived,
    Heaven's true joys we disbelieved.

    Then were hidden from our eyes
    All the law and grace of God;
    Rich and poor, the fools and wise,
    Wanting light to find the road
    Leading to the heavenly life,
    Wandered lost in care and strife.

    But the glory of the Lord
    Hath arisen on us today,
    We have seen the light outpoured
    That must surely drive away
    All things that to night belong,
    All the sad earth's woe and wrong.

    Thy arising, Lord, shall fill
    All my thoughts in sorrow's hour;
    Thy arising, Lord, shall still
    All my dread of Death's dark power:
    Through my smiles and through my tears
    Still Thy light, O Lord, appears.

    Let me, Lord, in peace depart
    From this evil world to Thee;
    Where Thyself sole Brightness art,
    Thou hast kept a place for me:
    In the shining city there
    Crowns of light Thy saints shall wear.


    1. Christ is coming! let creation
    Bid her groans and travails cease;
    Let the glorious proclamation
    Hope restore and faith increase;
    Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
    Come, thou blessed Prince of Peace!

    2. Earth can now but tell the story
    Of thy bitter cross and pain;
    She shall soon behold thy glory,
    When thou comest back to reign;
    Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
    Let each heart repeat the strain.

    3. Long thy exiles have been pining,
    Far from rest, and home, and thee;
    But, in heav'nly vesture shining,
    Soon they shall thy glory see;
    Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
    Hast the joyous jubilee.

    4. With that "blessed hope" before us,
    Let no harp remain unstrung;
    Let the mighty advent chorus
    Onward roll, from tongue to tongue;
    Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
    Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come!


    Lo, He comes with clouds descending

    ...but Why anyone would want to sing anything other than Wesley's tune is beyond me
  • ronkrisman
    Posts: 1,296
    Lo, He comes with clouds descending

    ...but Why anyone would want to sing anything other than Wesley's tune is beyond me

    LPMD, if you are referring to the tune HELMSLEY, often paired with "Lo, he comes...," John Wesley did not compose it. Neither did Charles.
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