Composer: Martin Madan

Madan, Martin, son of Colonel Martin Madan, and brother of Dr. Spencer Madan, sometime Bishop of Peterborough, was born in 1726. He was to have qualified for the Bar, but through a sermon by J. Wesley on the words "Prepare to meet thy God," the whole current of his life was changed. After some difficulty he received Holy Orders, and subsequently founded and became chaplain of the Lock Hospital, Hyde Park Corner. He was popular as a preacher, and had no inconsiderable reputation as a musical composer. He ceased preaching on the publication of his work Thelyphthora, in which he advocated the practice of polygamy. He died in 1790. He published A Commentary on the Articles of the Church of England; A Treatise on the Christian Faith, &c, and:… Go to person page >

Composer (melody): Thomas Augustine Arne

Dr. Thomas Augustine Arne was born March 12, 1710, in London; becam early celebrated as a composer, and established his reputation by settling Milton's "Comus" to music - light, airy, and original; he composed many songs, and nearly all his attempts were successful; died March 5, 1778, aged 68. A Dictionary of Musical Information by John W. Moore, Boston: Oliver, Ditson & Company, 1876 Go to person page >

Composer (attributed to): Thomas Olivers

Thomas Olivers was born in Tregonan, Montgomeryshire, in 1725. His youth was one of profligacy, but under the ministry of Whitefield, he was led to a change of life. He was for a time apprenticed to a shoemaker, and followed his trade in several places. In 1763, John Wesley engaged him as an assistant; and for twenty-five years he performed the duties of an itinerant ministry. During the latter portion of his life he was dependent on a pension granted him by the Wesleyan Conference. He died in 1799. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Martin Madan
Composer (attributed to): Thomas Olivers (1763)
Composer (melody): Thomas Augustine Arne
Incipit: 13517 65671 7
Key: G Major
Article: Tunes Lost and Found: HELMSLEY, LEEDS, YORKSHIR, WEDNESBURY by Clark Kimberling (from The Hymn)


John Wesley attributed the tune HELMSLEY to Thomas Olivers in Wesley's 1765 Sacred Melodies with his brother's text of "Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending." However, Olivers is said to have heard the tune on the street somewhere. Since the first line resembles a tune by violinist and composer Thomas Augustine Arne composed for Thomas and Sally, or The Sailor's Return in 1761, it is speculated the tune was composed by Arne. Most likely, the tune comes from a 1763 edition Martin Madan's Collection of Psalms and Hymn Tunes Sung at the Chapel of Lock Hospital. Madan was the chaplain at Lock Hospital. From Let the people sing: hymn tunes in perspective by Paul Westermeyer, 2005, GIA Publications, Inc.


Instances (1 - 33 of 33)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #41Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #449
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #696ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: supplement #704Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #477TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #114Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #31Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #405TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #98TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #435TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #348Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #57TextPage Scan
Hymnal Supplement 98 #802TextPage Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #28
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #241
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #196
Hymns to the Living God #103TextPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #479TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #336TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #6TextPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #150FTextPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #605TextPage Scan
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #49TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #177
Small Church Music #303Audio
The Christian Life Hymnal #211
The Cyber Hymnal #3717TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #11065TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #9TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #718TextFlexscoreAudio
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #157Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #273Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #25TextPage Scan
Include 16 pre-1979 instances
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