GOWER'S LITANY

GOWER'S LITANY

Composer: John H. Gower (1891)
Published in 22 hymnals


Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Composer: John H. Gower

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Tune Information

Composer: John H. Gower (1891)
Meter: 7.7.7.6
Incipit: 33235 22443 4655
Key: D Major

Texts

Father, hear Thy children's call

Father, hear Thy children's call;
Humbly at Thy feet we fall,
Prodigals, confessing all:
We beseech Thee, hear us.

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Spirit, strength of all the weak

Jesu, with Thy Church Abide

Jesu, with Thy Church abide,
Be her Savior, Lord, and Guide,
While on earth her faith is tried:
We beseech Thee, hear us.

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Notes

GOWER'S LITANY comes from John H. Gower's Original Tunes (1890). This serviceable tune works with the text but unfortunately lacks a suitable harmonization (the worst of Gower's chromatic harmony has been removed from the Psalter Hymnal). Try singing the hymn in true litany style: have a soloist or a choir in unison sing the petitions and the congregation sing the response (at which point the choir could sing in harmony). Use a light accompaniment and observe a ritardando on the response line.

John H. Gower (b. Rugby, Warwickshire, England, 1855; d. Denver, CO, 1922) became assistant organist at Windsor Castle at the age of twelve. After studying at Oxford, he became organist and music director in 1876 at Trent College, Nottingham, England. He moved to the United States in 1887 and became involved in the mining industry in Colorado but also continued his musical career at the Cathedral of St. John in the Wilderness, the Central Presbyterian Church, and the Unity Church, all in Denver.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #1457
Text: Father, Hear Thy Children's Call
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6287
Text: Spirit, Strength of All the Weak
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #508
Text: Jesus, with Your Church Abide
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 5 of 5)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #508Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1457TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6287TextScoreAudio
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #336TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #348TextPage Scan
Include 17 pre-1979 instances
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