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[Holy Spirit, faithful Guide]

Composer: M. M. Wells

Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide." "On a Saturday afternoon, October 1858, while at work in my cornfield, the sentiment of the hymn came to me," writes Wells. "The next day, Sunday, being a very stormy day, I finished the hymn and wrote the tune for it and sent it to Prof. I. B. Woodbury." Isaac Woodbury was the editor of the New York Musical Pioneer, and the original text and tune were first published in that periodical's November 1858 issue. Psalter Hymnal H… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: M. M. Wells (1858)
Meter: 7.7.7.7 D
Incipit: 55U11 3(2)1 23351 D7
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide." "On a Saturday afternoon, October 1858, while at work in my cornfield, the sentiment of the hymn came to me," writes Wells. "The next day, Sunday, being a very stormy day, I finished the hymn and wrote the tune for it and sent it to Prof. I. B. Woodbury." Isaac Woodbury was the editor of the New York Musical Pioneer, and the original text and tune were first published in that periodical's November 1858 issue.

GUIDE has been associated with Psalm 121 since the 1887 Psalter. GUIDE is a rounded bar form (AABA); it has basically one rhythmic pattern and a very simple harmony. One antiphonal arrangement that works nicely is to have a soloist ask the opening question and everyone sing the rest in reply. The tune's simplicity invites unaccompanied singing in harmony.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1051
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1158
Text: Darkness Overspreads Us Here
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2530
Text: Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2670
Text: Hark! A Voice Divides the Sky
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3311
Text: Jesus, Full of Love Divine
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5935
Text: See, Another Year Is Gone
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6655
Text: To the Hills I Lift Mine Eyes (Psalter)
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #9284
Text: At The Birth Of Christ Our King
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #10375
Text: Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #10501
Text: Gather Up, O Earth,Thy Dead
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #11053
Text: Listen Peoples, While I Tell
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #121
Text: To the Hills I Lift My Eyes
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 20 of 20)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #130
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1051Tune InfoScoreAudio
Hymns of Faith #81TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #105
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #331TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #707
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #121ATextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #121Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #480
Small Church Music #2350Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #1158TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2530TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2670TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3311TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5935TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6655TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9284TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10375TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10501TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #11053TextScoreAudio
Include 156 pre-1979 instances



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