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Composer: George Frederick Handel

George Frideric Handel (b. Halle, Germany, 1685; d. London, England, 1759) became a musician and composer despite objections from his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. Handel studied music with Zachau, organist at the Halle Cathedral, and became an accomplished violinist and keyboard performer. He traveled and studied in Italy for some time and then settled permanently in England in 1713. Although he wrote a large number of instrumental works, he is known mainly for his Italian operas, oratorios (including Messiah, 1741), various anthems for church and royal festivities, and organ concertos, which he interpolated into his oratorio performances. He composed only three hymn tunes, one of which (GOPSAL) still appears in some modern hy… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: George Frederick Handel (1748)
Meter: D
Incipit: 51112 34554 32121
Key: f minor
Copyright: Public Domain


The World Abounds with God's Free Grace

The world abounds with God's free grace;
What wonders bless the land!
And on through boundless starry space,
God's matchless works expand.

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And Have the Bright Immensities

O Gracious Father of Mankind



Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Twenty Intonations on Festive Hymns Volume II
    Composer/Editor David M. Lasky
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company, Inc. (1999) pp. 11
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: By Fifty American Composers
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1984) pp. 79

Organ Solo

  • The Organist's Library Volume 56
    Composer/Editor Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 44
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 77 Number 2 November December 2013: The Service Music Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2013) pp. 10
  • Music for Organ: Chorale and Hymn Preludes Set 1
    Composer/Editor William Thomas Best
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1993) pp. 10


Instances (1 - 13 of 13)

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #482

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Common Praise (1998) #604

Moravian Book of Worship #451


Rejoice in the Lord #481


Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #497


Small Church Music #3655

The Book of Praise #287

The Hymnal 1982 #459


The Hymnal 1982 #629

The Presbyterian Hymnal #167

The Presbyterian Hymnal #556

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #9A

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #10

Include 4 pre-1979 instances
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