GENEVAN 65

Composer: Louis Bourgeois

Loys "Louis" Bourgeois (French: [buʁʒwa]; c. 1510 – 1559) was a French composer and music theorist of the Renaissance. He is most famous as one of the main compilers of Calvinist hymn tunes in the middle of the 16th century. One of the most famous melodies in all of Christendom, the Protestant doxology known as the Old 100th, is commonly attributed to him. See also in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1543)
Meter: 9.6.9.6 D
Incipit: 55515 65434 54321 55515
Key: f minor
Source: Genevan Psalter, 1543; Genevan 65

Texts

Praise Is Your Right, O God, in Zion

Praise is your right, O God, in Zion.
To you we pay our vows.
When we your people pray, you hear us.
All flesh to you will bow.
When our transgressions overwhelm us,
you graciously forgive.
How satisfied your chosen servants;
within your courts they live.

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Forth from Thy Courts

On Zion's Mount (A Sionnak hegyén)

Notes

GENEVAN 65 appears twice in the Genevan Psalter. It was originally composed to accompany Psalm 72 in the 1551 edition of that psalter and was later matched with Theodore de Beze's versification of Psalm 65 in the 1554 edition. Composed in Aeolian (minor), this tune consists of four long phrases in bar form (AABC) unified by similar melodic and rhythmic patterns. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) wrote the harmonization in 1985. Because 65 is a joyful psalm, it calls for jubilant singing, brisk accompaniment, and a moderate tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Instances

Instances (1 - 4 of 4)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #545FlexscoreAudio
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #201
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #65B
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #65Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Include 3 pre-1979 instances
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