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Tune Information

Place of Origin: Latvia
Incipit: 12351 23511 54321
Key: d minor
Source: Latvian traditional melody


CAPTIVITY is a traditional Latvian folk tune; it is also known as KAS DZIEDAJA from the Latvian poem associated with the tune. The title CAPTIVITY is derived from its more recent use (especially in post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism) with Ewald Bash's paraphrase of Psalm 137, which begins "By the Babylonian rivers." CAPTIVITY is a rather reflective tune, almost haunting in its minor mode. It has a stunning octave rise at the beginning of the second long line. The tune is suitable for either unison or part singing. Accompany with modest organ tones or strings (guitars). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987


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Chalice Hymnal #507


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1007

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #94

Community of Christ Sings #14


Evangelical Lutheran Worship #701


Global Songs for Worship #41

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Glory to God #72

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Glory to God #229

Hinário para o Culto Cristão #585

Hymnal Supplement 1991 #737

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #94


Lift Up Your Hearts #349


Lift Up Your Hearts #644


Lift Up Your Hearts #651

Psalms for All Seasons #12A

Psalms for All Seasons #129A

Psalms for All Seasons #137A

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #586

Rejoice in the Lord #137

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #773

RitualSong #543

Sing and Rejoice! #13

Singing the Faith #694

Singing the New Testament #85


Small Church Music #4196

The Faith We Sing #2217

The Presbyterian Hymnal #246

Together in Song #85


TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #63

Voices United #859

With One Voice #656

Worship (3rd ed.) #426

Worship (4th ed.) #477

Worship (4th ed.) #975


Worship and Song #3123

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