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Better known for his gospel songs than his hymn tunes, James McGranahan (PHH 99) wrote FRANCES in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Copyrighted in 1901 by McGranahan, the tune was set to this text in the 1912 Psalter and in every edition of the Psalter Hymnal.
FRANCES is a rousing tune with strong ascending figures and a rhythmic drive that produces two very long musical lines. Sing in harmony; use bright organ registration and crisp articulation to support this energetic melody.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook