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Aspiration Canon

Author: Bruce Greer Meter: Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: I want to be like Jesus Christ Topics: Canons and Rounds Used With Tune: ASPIRATION CANON

A Doxology Canon

Author: Thomas Ken Meter: Appears in 1,112 hymnals First Line: Praise God from whom all blessings flow Lyrics: Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Topics: Canons and Rounds Used With Tune: PRAISE GOD
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Alleluia Canon

Meter: Irregular Appears in 440 hymnals First Line: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia Lyrics: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia. Topics: Easter Used With Tune: MOZART ALLELUIA


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Appears in 416 hymnals Tune Key: G Major or modal Incipit: 11711 22343 14433 Used With Text: Awake, my soul, and with the sun


Composer: Johann Pachelbel Meter: Appears in 3 hymnals Tune Sources: Adapted from a melody in the Nürnberg Gesangbuch 1690 Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 32176 56732 17656


Composer: Gerald S. Henderson Meter: 11.11.11 Appears in 2 hymnals Tune Key: D Major Used With Text: Resurrection Canon


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Resurrection Canon

Author: Gerald S. Henderson Hymnal: The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #221 (1986) Meter: 11.11.11 First Line: Alleluia! Christ is risen from the dead Topics: Canons and Rounds Scripture: Matthew 28:6 Tune Title: RESURRECTION CANON

Aspiration Canon

Author: Bruce Greer Hymnal: The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #391 (1986) Meter: First Line: I want to be like Jesus Christ Topics: Canons and Rounds Tune Title: ASPIRATION CANON


Hymnal: The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion… #19b (1835) First Line: Welcome, welcome ev'ry guest Tune Title: CANON


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Fred Kaan

1929 - 2009 Person Name: Fred Kaan, 1929- Author of "Now Let Us from This Table Rise" in The Covenant Hymnal Fred Kaan Hymn writer. His hymns include both original work and translations. He sought to address issues of peace and justice. He was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands in July 1929. He was baptised in St Bavo Cathedral but his family did not attend church regularly. He lived through the Nazi occupation, saw three of his grandparents die of starvation, and witnessed his parents deep involvement in the resistance movement. They took in a number of refugees. He became a pacifist and began attending church in his teens. Having become interested in British Congregationalism (later to become the United Reformed Church) through a friendship, he was attended Western College in Bristol. He was ordained in 1955 at the Windsor Road Congregational Church in Barry, Glamorgan. In 1963 he was called to be minister of the Pilgrim Church in Plymouth. It was in this congregation that he began to write hymns. The first edition of Pilgrim Praise was published in 1968, going into second and third editions in 1972 and 1975. He continued writing many more hymns throughout his life. Dianne Shapiro, from obituary written by Keith Forecast in Independent (

Thomas Tallis

1505 - 1585 Composer of "[Glory to Thee, my God, this night]" in A Hymnal for Friends Thomas Tallis (b. Leicestershire [?], England, c. 1505; d. Greenwich, Kent, England 1585) was one of the few Tudor musicians who served during the reigns of Henry VIII: Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth I and managed to remain in the good favor of both Catholic and Protestant monarchs. He was court organist and composer from 1543 until his death, composing music for Roman Catholic masses and Anglican liturgies (depending on the monarch). With William Byrd, Tallis also enjoyed a long-term monopoly on music printing. Prior to his court connections Tallis had served at Waltham Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral. He composed mostly church music, including Latin motets, English anthems, settings of the liturgy, magnificats, and two sets of lamentations. His most extensive contrapuntal work was the choral composition, "Spem in alium," a work in forty parts for eight five-voice choirs. He also provided nine modal psalm tunes for Matthew Parker's Psalter (c. 1561). Bert Polman

H. W. Baker

1821 - 1877 Person Name: Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877 Author of "O God of Love, O King of Peace" in Journeysongs (3rd ed.) Baker, Sir Henry Williams, Bart., eldest son of Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, born in London, May 27, 1821, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1847. Taking Holy Orders in 1844, he became, in 1851, Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire. This benefice he held to his death, on Monday, Feb. 12, 1877. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1851. Sir Henry's name is intimately associated with hymnody. One of his earliest compositions was the very beautiful hymn, "Oh! what if we are Christ's," which he contributed to Murray's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church, 1852. His hymns, including metrical litanies and translations, number in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 33 in all. These were contributed at various times to Murray's Hymnal, Hymns Ancient & Modern and the London Mission Hymn Book, 1876-7. The last contains his three latest hymns. These are not included in Hymns Ancient & Modern. Of his hymns four only are in the highest strains of jubilation, another four are bright and cheerful, and the remainder are very tender, but exceedingly plaintive, sometimes even to sadness. Even those which at first seem bright and cheerful have an undertone of plaintiveness, and leave a dreamy sadness upon the spirit of the singer. Poetical figures, far-fetched illustrations, and difficult compound words, he entirely eschewed. In his simplicity of language, smoothness of rhythm, and earnestness of utterance, he reminds one forcibly of the saintly Lyte. In common with Lyte also, if a subject presented itself to his mind with striking contrasts of lights and shadows, he almost invariably sought shelter in the shadows. The last audible words which lingered on his dying lips were the third stanza of his exquisite rendering of the 23rd Psalm, "The King of Love, my Shepherd is:"— Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed, But yet in love He sought me, And on His Shoulder gently laid, And home, rejoicing, brought me." This tender sadness, brightened by a soft calm peace, was an epitome of his poetical life. Sir Henry's labours as the Editor of Hymns Ancient & Modern were very arduous. The trial copy was distributed amongst a few friends in 1859; first ed. published 1861, and the Appendix, in 1868; the trial copy of the revised ed. was issued in 1874, and the publication followed in 1875. In addition he edited Hymns for the London Mission, 1874, and Hymns for Mission Services, n.d., c. 1876-7. He also published Daily Prayers for those who work hard; a Daily Text Book, &c. In Hymns Ancient & Modern there are also four tunes (33, 211, 254, 472) the melodies of which are by Sir Henry, and the harmonies by Dr. Monk. He died Feb. 12, 1877. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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Small Church Music

Editors: Isaac Watts Description: The SmallChurchMusic site was launched in 2006, growing out of the requests from those struggling to provide suitable music for their services and meetings. Rev. Clyde McLennan was ordained in mid 1960’s and was a pastor in many small Australian country areas, and therefore was acutely aware of this music problem. Having also been trained as a Pipe Organist, recordings on site (which are a subset of the site) are all actually played by Clyde, and also include piano and piano with organ versions. All recordings are in MP3 format. Churches all around the world use the recordings, with downloads averaging over 60,000 per month. The recordings normally have an introduction, several verses and a slowdown on the last verse. Users are encouraged to use software: Audacity ( or Song Surgeon ( (see for more information) to adjust the MP3 number of verses, tempo and pitch to suit their local needs. Copyright notice: Rev. Clyde McLennan, performer in this collection, has assigned his performer rights in this collection to Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted. For permission to use them for any other purposes, please contact Home/Music( List SongsAlphabetically List Songsby Meter List Songs byTune Name About  

The Book of Common Praise

Publication Date: 1939 Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Place: Toronto

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary

Publication Date: 2007 Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library


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