Deep in the Shadows of the Past

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Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #50

Author: Brian A. Wren

Brian Wren (b. Romford, Essex, England, 1936) is a major British figure in the revival of contemporary hymn writing. He studied French literature at New College and theology at Mansfield College in Oxford, England. Ordained in 1965, he was pastor of the Congregational Church (now United Reformed) in Hockley and Hawkwell, Essex, from 1965 to 1970. He worked for the British Council of Churches and several other organizations involved in fighting poverty and promoting peace and justice. This work resulted in his writing of Education for Justice (1977) and Patriotism and Peace (1983). With a ministry throughout the English-speaking world, Wren now resides in the United States where he is active as a freelance lecturer, preacher, and full-time h… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Deep in the shadows of the past
Title: Deep in the Shadows of the Past
Author: Brian A. Wren (1973)
Meter: 8.6.8.6 D
Language: English
Copyright: Copyright © 1975 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Tune

SHEPHERD'S PIPES

Annabeth McClelland Gay (b. Ottawa, IL, 1925) composed SHEPHERDS' PIPES in 1952, and her husband matched it with a hymn text to send as Christmas greetings. She wrote, "When I played it for him, he said, 'I wonder if Palestinian shepherds played on pipes, because that's what this tune reminds me of.…

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KINGSFOLD

Thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages, KINGSFOLD is a folk tune set to a variety of texts in England and Ireland. The tune was published in English Country Songs [sic: English County Songs] (1893), an anthology compiled by Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland. After having…

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DURROW

DURROW was originally a traditional Irish folk melody associated with "Captain Thomson," a sea song from Ireland's Limerick region (Durrow is the name of a town in Ireland between Port Laoise and Kilkenny). The tune first appeared as a hymn tune in the Church Hymnary of 1927. The harmonization by Wi…

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Community of Christ Sings #64

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Glory to God #50

Singing the Faith #463

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The Faith We Sing #2246

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The New Century Hymnal #320

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #330

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