|Composer:||Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1864)|
|Incipit:||33343 32116 54345|
|Source:||Jerusalem the Golden, 1864|
Composed by Samuel S. Wesley (PHH 206), AURELIA (meaning "golden") was published as a setting for “Jerusalem the Golden” in Selection of Psalms and Hymns, which was compiled by Charles Kemble and Wesley in 1864. Though opinions vary concerning the tune's merits (Henry J. Gauntlett once condemned it as "secular twaddle"), it has been firmly associated with Stone's text since tune and text first appeared together in the 1868 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern. However, Erik Routley (PHH 31) suggests rejuvenating this text by singing it to ST. THEODULPH (375/376).
Sing stanzas 1-3 in parts and stanza 4 in unison. Support with crisp organ articulation on the repeated soprano tones.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook