SICILIAN MARINERS

Composer: Anonymous

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Tune Information

Composer: Anonymous
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7
Incipit: 56543 45654 35567
Key: D Major
Source: Sicilian melody; The European Magazine and London Review, 1792; Tattersall's Improved Psalmody, 1794; Anonymous European folksong tune

Notes

SICILIAN MARINERS is traditionally used for the Roman Catholic Marian hymn "O Sanctissima." According to tradition, Sicilian seamen ended each day on their ships by singing this hymn in unison. The tune probably traveled from Italy to Germany to England, where The European Magazine and London Review first published it in 1792. The tune was associated with the German Christmas carol "O du Frohliche, O du Selige." The tune also appears to have had an influence on the African American song “We Shall Overcome.”

SICILIAN MARINERS is a bar-form tune (AAB) with a florid soprano line and an active harmonization. Sing it either vigorously or reflectively; singing rather deliberately will increase the hymn's dignity. A traditional version of the tune includes dotted rhythms, which encourage a more meditative approach to singing.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #633
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #3607
Text: Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing (Fawcett)
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5392
Text: O Thou Joyful, O Thou Wonderful
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #9431
Text: O Thou Joyful Day
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #10670
Text: A Song For Christmas Eve
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #11317
Text: Now In Parting, Father, Bless Us
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #320
Text: Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
Small Church Music #702
Text: O Sanctissima
  • PDF Score (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #671
Text: Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #208
Text: Oh, How Joyfully
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #748
Text: Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 75 of 75)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #155
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #247
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #399
Catholic Book of Worship III #467
Catholic Book of Worship III #468
Chalice Hymnal #169TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #439TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #632Tune Info
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #633ScoreAudio
Common Praise (1998) #437TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #570
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #588TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #545Text
Gather (3rd ed.) #895Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #780Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #775Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #546Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Great Songs of the Church #10
Himnos de la Iglesia #147
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #344TextPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #708TextPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #209
Hymnal: A Worship Book #621
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #189b
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #513
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #579
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #337
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #235
Ki̱jndá‑lá Na̱'ín‑ná ‑ Cantemos al Señor (Segunda edición) #61
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #734
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #933TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #559TextPage Scan
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #713Page Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #104
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #173
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #538TextFlexScorePage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #335
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #320Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #64
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #195Text
Sing Joyfully #581TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #375
Small Church Music #697Audio
Small Church Music #702Audio
Small Church Music #3632Audio
Small Church Music #3941Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #237TextPage Scan
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #282Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #113
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #179
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #673
The Cyber Hymnal #3607TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5392TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9431TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10670TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #11317TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #119
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #601Text
The New Century Hymnal #77TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #671TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #187TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #834TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #330
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #384TextPage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #140TextAudio
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #186TextAudio
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #199TextAudio
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #599TextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #57Text
Worship (3rd ed.) #712TextPage Scan
Worship (4th ed.) #903
Worship and Rejoice #208TextScoreAudio
Worship and Rejoice #669TextAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #748TextAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #531
Include 155 pre-1979 instances



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