WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN

Composer: Johann Steurlein

Johannes Steurlein; b. 1546, Schmalkalden; d. 1613, Meiningen. son of a Lutheran pastor and mayor of Meiningen. Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Johann Steurlein (1575)
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Incipit: 51232 17666 51171
Key: D Major/G Major or modal
Source: Himmlische Harpffe Davids

Texts

Sing to the Lord of Harvest

Sing to the Lord of harvest,
Sing songs of love and praise;
With joyful hearts and voices
Your alleluias raise:
By Him the rolling seasons
In fruitful order move;
Sing to the Lord of harvest
A song of happy love.

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We Come as Guests Invited

Notes

This tune was originally a love song composed in 1575 by Johann Steurlein (b. Schmalkalden, Thuringia, Germany, 1546; d. Meiningen, Germany, 1613) as a setting of "Mit Lieb bin ich umfangen." Steurlein studied law at the University of Wittenberg. From 1569 to 1589 he lived in Wasungen near Meiningen, where he served as town clerk as well as cantor and organist in the Lutheran church. From 1589 until his death he lived in Meiningen, where at various times he served as notary public, mayor, and secretary to the Elector of Saxony. A gifted poet and musician, Steurlein rhymed both the Old and New Testaments in German. A number of his hymn tunes and harmonizations were published in Geistliche Lieder (1575) and Sieben und Zwantzig Neue Geistliche Gesenge (l588).

His tune WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN gets its name from its original use as a setting for Martin Behm's hymn text that began with those words in 1581; text and tune were published together in Gregor Gunderreitter's David's Himlische Harpffen. The Steurlein tune was later set to Monsell's text in W. Garrett Horder's Worship Song in 1905 and popularized through the 1954 anthem by Healey Willan (PHH 258). The harmonization is by Willan, simplified from his anthem.

The tune is a rounded bar form (AABA) whose melodic variation in the fourth line sometimes confuses congregations. Use bright organ tone on that line to support the tune, but use a lighter touch on other lines. The tune can be sung in harmony by agile voices, but congregations may prefer to sing in unison.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Instances

Instances (1 - 34 of 34)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #148
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #389Page Scan
Catholic Book of Worship III #347
Chalice Hymnal #386TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #507ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #614Text
Common Praise (1998) #45
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #464TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #694TextPage Scan
Glaubenslieder #433Audio
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #17Text InfoFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #170Text InfoFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #504Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Himnos de la Iglesia #464
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #526
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #46
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #398TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #893Text
Lutheran Worship #493Text
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #517TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #458Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #19TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #339
Sing Joyfully #258TextPage Scan
Sing Joyfully #593TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #4403Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #590
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #653
The Worshiping Church #375TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #716TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #519Text
Worship and Rejoice #702TextAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #724TextScoreAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #451
Include 7 pre-1979 instances



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