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Composer: Melchior Vulpius (1609)
Published in 26 hymnals

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Composer: Melchior Vulpius

Melchior Vulpius; b. about 1560, Wasimgen; d. 1616 in Weimar Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Melchior Vulpius (1609)
Incipit: 11154 35432 55676
Key: d minor


Also known as JENA, DAS NEUGEBORNE KINDELEIN was originally a chorale melody for Cyriacus Schneegass' text "Das neugeborne Kindelein." Composed by Melchior Vulpius (PHH 397) and published in his Ein Schön Geistlich Gesangbuch (Jena, 1609), the tune was introduced to English congregations primarily because of its inclusion in George R. Woodward's (PHH 403) Cowley Carol Book (1901 ed.). The harmony is simplified from a setting by Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) in his Cantata 122. DAS NEUGEBORNE KINDELEIN is a beautiful carol tune that allows contemplation of this vibrant text on the Spirit's work. Sing stanza 1 in unison and stanzas 2-5 in parts, possibly with some antiphonal singing. Return to unison singing for stanza 6 with strong accompaniment. Use lighter accompaniment on stanzas 1-5; maintain one pulse per bar. Note how stanza 5 propels into stanza 6! --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1065
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The Cyber Hymnal #855
Text: Come, Holy Spirit, God and Lord!
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The Cyber Hymnal #9619
Text: How Vain Was Impious Herod's Dread
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #426
Text: O Holy Spirit, by Whose Breath
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Instances (1 - 12 of 12)

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1065

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Common Praise (1998) #516

Hymns and Psalms #480

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #116

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Presbyterian Hymnal #353

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #426

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Rejoice in the Lord #450


Small Church Music #4872


Small Church Music #6324


The Cyber Hymnal #855


The Cyber Hymnal #9619

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The New English Hymnal #59b

Include 14 pre-1979 instances
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