Anyone know a hymn tune for this text? ("The Star of Morn to Night Succeeds")
  • This is Cardinal Newman's poetic translation of the hymn "Iam lucis ordo sidere" from the Office of Prime (as found in the Little Office of Baltimore.)

    It is a tricky one!

    There are five (5) stanzas,
    the odd ones are in 8.6.8.6,
    whereas the even ones are in 8.8.8.8.

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    THE star of morn to night succeeds;
     We therefore meekly pray,
    May God, in all our words and deeds,
     Keep us from harm this day.

    May He in love restrain us still
    From tones of strife and words of ill,
    And wrap around and close our eyes
    To earth's absorbing vanities.

    May wrath and thoughts that gender shame
     Ne'er in our breasts abide,
    And painful abstinences tame
     Of wanton flesh the pride;

    So when the weary day is o'er,
    And night and stillness come once more,
    Blameless and clean from spot of earth
    We may repeat with reverent mirth—

    To God the Father glory be,
     And to His Only Son,
    And to the Spirit, One and Three,
     While endless ages run. Amen.
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    Any ideas? Might have to make my own if I can't find any (lol.) Thanks!
  • Liam
    Posts: 4,690
    If no suitable tune for the original meter can be found (given that it has an odd number of verses, so 8.8.8.8.8.6.8.6. won't work, not that there's much in that meter), I'd be tempted to "alt" it by squaring it up - and pair it with DANBY:

    THE star of morn to night succeeds;
     We therefore *now do* meekly pray,
    May God, in all our words and deeds,
     Keep us from *ev'ry* harm this day.

    May He in love restrain us still
    From tones of strife and words of ill,
    And wrap around and close our eyes
    To earth's absorbing vanities.

    May wrath and thoughts that gender shame
     Ne'er in our *inmost* breasts abide,
    And painful abstinences tame
     Of wanton flesh the *sin[s] of* pride;

    So when the weary day is o'er,
    And night and stillness come once more,
    Blameless and clean from spot of earth
    We may repeat with reverent mirth—

    To God the Father glory be,
     And to *the Father's* Only Son,
    And to the Spirit, One and Three,
     While *sempiternal* ages run. Amen.

    DANBY in the 1906 English Hymnal: https://hymnary.org/page/fetch/EH1906/416/high

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgDtklcOL44
  • GerardH
    Posts: 307
    How about pairing a CM and an LM tune? A functional (but probably not recommended) option could be ST THOMAS and ROCKINGHAM, both in E-flat.

    It might work better to have the LM tune in the dominant of the CM one to give the effect of a perfect-cadence-style resolution into the final verse.