|Composer:||Lowell Mason (1824)|
|Incipit:||11232 34323 33343|
|Source:||Adapted from a Gregorian Chant|
When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.
Lowell Mason (PHH 96) composed HAMBURG (named after the German city) in 1824. The tune was published in the 1825 edition of Mason's Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Mason indicated that the tune was based on a chant in the first Gregorian tone.
HAMBURG is a very simple tune with only five tones; its simplicity allows us to focus entirely on the text. Sing stanzas 1-3 in harmony and stanza 4 in unison. Try singing one of the middle stanzas unaccompanied. Although some prefer larger organ accompaniment on stanza 4, Watts' profound text can also suggest a quieter and humble treatment.
The suggested alternate tune ROCKINGHAM (178) is also closely associated with this text, especially in British and Canadian hymnals.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook