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BETHANY (Smart)

Composer: Henry Thomas Smart

Henry Smart; London; b. 1813; d. 1879 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Henry Thomas Smart (1867)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Incipit: 36531 21D76 5U135 43
Key: E♭ Major/F Major

Texts

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

At Thy feet, our God and Father

At Thy feet, our God and Father,
Who has blessed us all our days,
We with grateful hearts would gather,
To begin the year with praise:
Praise for light so brightly shining
On our steps from heaven above;
Praise for mercies daily twining
Round us golden cords of love.

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Notes

BETHANY, named after the village near Jerusalem, is a suitably dramatic tune for the song text. It was composed by Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-known). He originally composed BETHANY for the text “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken”; it was first published in Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867). Though Smart favored unison singing, which works well, especially with all the stops pulled out and the tempo increased on stanza 2, the harmonization is quite accessible to part singing. (Note: this BETHANY should not be confused with one composed by Lowell Mason in 1856 and first published as a setting for "Nearer, My God, to Thee.")

Smart gave up a career in the legal profession for one in music. Although largely self taught, he became proficient in organ playing and composition, and he was a music teacher and critic. Organist in a number of London churches, including St. Luke's, Old Street (1844-1864), and St. Pancras (1864-1869), Smart was famous for his extemporizations and for his accompaniment of congregational singing. He became completely blind at the age of fifty-two, but his remarkable memory enabled him to continue playing the organ. Fascinated by organs as a youth, Smart designed organs for important places such as St. Andrew Hall in Glasgow and the Town Hall in Leeds. He composed an opera, oratorios, part-songs, some instrumental music, and many hymn tunes, as well as a large number of works for organ and choir. He edited the Choralebook (1858), the English Presbyterian Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), and the Scottish Presbyterian Hymnal (1875). Some of his hymn tunes were first published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861).

--Psalter Hymnal Hadnbook, 1988

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #805
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #6006
Text: Son of God, Eternal Savior
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6256
Text: Sow the Seed Beside All Waters
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #233
Text: Heavenly Hosts in Ceaseless Worship
  • Full Score (XML)

Instances

Instances (1 - 14 of 14)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #241b
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #805Tune InfoScoreAudio
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #385TextFlexscorePage Scan
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #653
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #796
Moravian Book of Worship #642TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #523TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #233Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #382
Singing the Faith #25
Singing the Faith #110
Small Church Music #397Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #6006TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6256TextScoreAudio
Include 64 pre-1979 instances



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