John Ellerton (b. London, England, 1826; d. Torquay, Devonshire, England, 1893) Educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1851. He served six parishes, spending the longest time in Crewe Green (1860-1872), a church of steelworkers and farmers. Ellerton wrote and translated about eighty hymns, many of which are still sung today. He helped to compile Church Hymns and wrote its handbook, Notes and Illustrations to Church Hymns (1882). Some of his other hymn texts were published in The London Mission Hymn Book (1884).
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Orlando Gibbons (PHH 167) composed SONG 13 in soprano and bass parts. Used as a setting for a text from the Song of Songs, the tune was published in George Withers' Hymnes and Songs of the Church (1623) as hymn number 13 (hence the tune name).
As in other hymnals, the melody is presented in a simpli…
Display Title: Giver Of The Perfect GiftFirst Line: Giver of the perfect giftTune Title: SONG 13Author: John Ellerton (1826-1893)Meter: 77 77Scripture: Psalm 71; Joel 2:1-2; Hebrews 7:23-28; Hebrews 9:11-15; James 1:17-27Date: 1998Subject: Ash Wednesday | ; Lent (season) |Source: Latin (11th cent.?)
Display Title: Giver Of The Perfect GiftFirst Line: Giver of the perfect gift!Tune Title: WIGANAuthor: John EllertonSource: Church Hymns with Tunes by Arthur S. Sullivan (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1874)
Display Title: Giver Of The Perfect GiftFirst Line: Giver of the perfect giftTune Title: SONG 13Author: John EllertonMeter: 7 7 7 7Date: 1996Subject: The Christian Year | Lent; Choice, Decision | ; Christian Year | Lent; Gift(s) | ; God | Grace; Hope | ; Jesus Christ | Saviour; Opening Hymns | ; Praise | ; Prayer | ; Promise(s) | ; Salvation | ; Sin | ; Trinity | ; Proper 19 | Year CSource: Latin, ca. 11th century