York, Charles Edward, M.A., b. in 1842, Chaplain Royal Marine Light Infantry; educated at Pembroke College, Oxford (B.A. 1864), and for sometime Chaplain in the Royal Navy, is the author of "As near the wish'd-for port we draw" (For Use at Sea), in the 1889 Supplemental Hymns to Hymns Ancient & Modern.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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MELCOMBE was first used as an anonymous chant tune (with figured bass) in the Roman Catholic Mass and was published in 1782 in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant. It was first ascribed to Samuel Webbe (the elder; b. London, England, 1740; d. Lo…