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LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Tune Information

Meter: 8.8.4.4.8.8 with refrain
Incipit: 11231 34511 23134
Key: D Major/E♭ Major
Source: Auserlesen Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng, Cologne, 1623; Geistliche Kirchengesang Cologne 1623
Article: Improvisations, Interludes, and Embellishments by Timothy Huth (from The Hymn)

Texts

All Creatures of our God and King

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones,
raise the glad strain, Alleluia!
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers,
virtues, archangels, angels' choirs:

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From All That Dwell Below the Skies

From all that dwell below the skies,
Let the Creator's praise arise;
Let the Redeemer's name be sung
Through ev'ry land by ev'ry tongue.

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Notes

LASST UNS ERFREUEN derives its opening line and several other melodic ideas from GENEVAN 68 (68). The tune was first published with the Easter text "Lasst uns erfreuen herzlich sehr" in the Jesuit hymnal Ausserlesene Catlwlische Geistliche Kirchengesänge (Cologne, 1623). LASST UNS ERFREUEN appeared in later hymnals with variations in the "alleluia" phrases. The setting is by Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316); first published in The English Hymnal (1906), it has become the most popular version of LASST UNS ERFREUEN. In that hymnal the tune was set to Athelstan Riley's "Ye watchers and ye holy ones" (thus it is sometimes known as VIGILES ET SANCTI). In this hymn a great text is matched by an equally strong and effective tune. Try these two possibilities of antiphonal singing: divide stanzas between women and men, or assign the verses to one group and the "alleluias" to another. Accompanists can signal such antiphonal effects in their use of varied registration. Registration changes also will help interpret the text; for example, the third stanza can begin with a lighter registration and move to a "blazing" sound on the second half. Try having the congregation sing some stanzas unaccompanied but add organ (with full stops) at the "alleluias." Or, for a fine effect, have the congregation sing some stanzas in unison with accompaniment and the choir sing the "alleluias" in harmony unaccompanied, as indicated in the Psalter Hymnal. It is musically correct and pastorally wise to observe a fermata at the end of the second "alleluia" on the second system by turning that half note into a whole note. No ritard is necessary at the end of the hymn; it is built right into the final "alleluia" phrase. Try adding instruments to enhance this magnificent tune; there are several fine concertato versions in print that involve trumpets and/or full brass scoring. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #9
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
A Compilation of the Litanies and Vespers Hymns and Anthems as they are sung in the Catholic Church adapted to the voice or organ #31a
The Cyber Hymnal #28
Text: All Creatures of Our God and King
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The Cyber Hymnal #2271
Text: He Is Risen!
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The Cyber Hymnal #2398
Text: A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing
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The Cyber Hymnal #4082
Text: Let Us Rejoice, the Fight Is Won
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The Cyber Hymnal #4553
Text: Now Let the Vault of Heaven Resound
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The Cyber Hymnal #7824
Text: Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
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The Cyber Hymnal #11633
Text: Ere One Creation Pillar Stood
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The United Methodist Hymnal #90
Text: Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
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Worship and Rejoice #23
Text: All Creatures of Our God and King
Worship and Rejoice #147
Text: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
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Instances

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A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #58
African American Heritage Hymnal #147Text
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #101
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #115
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #166
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #183
An Nou Chanté! : Let's Sing! #2
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #208Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #312
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #532Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #637Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #10
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #443
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #844
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #27TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #11
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #97
Catholic Book of Worship III #391
Catholic Book of Worship III #392
Catholic Book of Worship III #543
Catholic Book of Worship III #544
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #119
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #307TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #22TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #49TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #9Tune InfoScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #171TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #250TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #146TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #147TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #231Text
Common Praise (1998) #320
Common Praise (1998) #344TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #355Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #149
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #230
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #250
Community of Christ Sings #54
Community of Christ Sings #98
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #6Text
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #758Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #16TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #389TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #367
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #393
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #424
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #835
Gather (3rd ed.) #545Page Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #611Page Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #882Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #453
Gather Comprehensive #533TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive #794
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #467
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #523Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #790
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #10Text InfoFlexscoreAudio
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #15Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #327Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #609TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Himnos de la Iglesia #146
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #224
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #400TextPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #618
Hymnal: A Worship Book #48
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #98a
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #105
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #329
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #489
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #4Text
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #36Text
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #261Text
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #13
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #157
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #579Text
Hymns of Faith #12
Hymns of Grace #11
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #21
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #72
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #273
Hymns of Truth & Light #8
Hymns of Truth & Light #11
Hymns of Truth & Light #51
Hymns to the Living God #31TextPage Scan
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #407Text
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #730Text
Les Chants du Pèlerin #6
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #208Audio
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #317
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #551TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #570TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #847AudioPage Scan
Living Hymns #fB
Lutheran Service Book #465
Lutheran Service Book #493
Lutheran Service Book #670Page Scan
Lutheran Service Book #816TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #131
Lutheran Worship #149
Lutheran Worship #308

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