374. No Weight of Gold or Silver

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Text Information
First Line: No weight of gold or silver
Title: No Weight of Gold or Silver
Author: Timothy Dudley-Smith (1972)
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: 76 76 D
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Cross of Christ; Sickness & Health; Suffering of Christ (5 more...)
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1984, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission
Tune Information
Composer: Adrian Hartog (1954)
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: D Major

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = 1 Pet. 1:18-19
st. 2 = Isa. 53:3-6, John 1:29
st. 3 = 2 Cor. 5:14, 17

Timothy Dudley-Smith (PHH 233) wrote this text during August 1972 at his seaside summer home in Ruan Minor, Cornwall, England. The text was first published in the British collection Psalm Praise (1973) as a psalm for Passion Week.

This strong text of testimony and encouragement points all sinners to Christ, the Lamb of God. It also encourages believers to continue the journey that will ultimately bring them to the throne of the Lamb in glory. The repeated phrase "Lamb of God" is John the Baptist's description of Christ as the fulfillment of the Old Testament Passover (John 1:29).

Liturgical Use:
Lent; Holy Week; Easter; worship services of confession/forgiveness as well as other times in which we reflect on Christ's redemptive work.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

PASTORALE is a rounded bar form (AABA) tune with a melodic contour colored by gentle ornateness. Sing in unison or in harmony. Use a confident but not exuberant accompaniment with a legato pedal line tying many of the repeated notes in the bass part. Keep two pulses per measure, and slow down slightly in the last phrase of stanza 3.

Adrian Hartog (b. Orange CIty, IA, 1899; d. Edgerton, MN, 1964) composed PASTORALE in 1954. The tune was first published in the 1959 Psalter Hymnal with a version of Psalm 23 (thus its title). A member of the committee that produced the 1959 edition, Hartog also contributed the tune for the Christian Reformed Church centennial hymn (see 486 in that edition).

Hartog learned to play a reed (pump) organ from his father, organist at the First Christian Reformed Church, Orange City, Iowa. After the family moved to Edgerton, Minnesota, when he was fifteen, Hartog assisted and later succeeded his father as organist at the First Christian Reformed Church.
He became owner of a grocery store that sold pianos and organs out of a back room; this business eventually grew into the Hartog Piano and Organ Company. Conductor of a community choir known as the Temple Choir, Hartog also published a handbook for organ students, A Comprehensive Manual on Organ Playing.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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