Composer: John Bishop (1711)
Published in 24 hymnals

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Composer: John Bishop

John Bishop was born in 1665 in Winchester, Hampshire, England He served as lay vi­car at King’s Coll­ege, Cam­bridge (1687), as the or­gan­ist (1695-1737) and lay clerk (1697) at Winc­hes­ter Coll­ege, and also as tge or­gan­ist at Winchester Ca­thed­ral (1729-37). He died about December 19, 1737 in Winchester. His works in­clude: A New Set of Psalm Tunes, 1710 A New Set of Psalm Tunes, 1722 A Sup­ple­ment to the New Psalm-Book, 1725 A New Set of Psalm Tunes, 1730 NN, Hymnary. Source: http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/b/i/s/bishop_j.htm  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: LEICESTER (Bishop)
Composer: John Bishop (1711)
Incipit: 55171 42771 75117
Key: g minor
Copyright: Public Domain


John Bishop (b. England, 1665; d. Winchester, England, 1737) was lay vicar at King's College, Cambridge, England, in 1687. From 1695 to 1737 he served as organist at Winchester College and in 1697 was appointed lay clerk. He was also an organist at Winchester Cathedral. In 1710 or 1711, Bishop published A Set of New Psalm Tunes in Four Parts (c. 1710), a work that was reprinted several times. LEICESTER was a setting for Psalm 112 in that collection (where it was named BEDFORD); the tune is named after the British city in Leicester County. LEICESTER is a minor tune consisting of three long lines, not six choppy phrases. The melodic units of line 1 also appear as parts of lines 2 and 3.

The harmonization, well suited to part singing, is by Harry Ellis Wooldridge (b. Winchester, 1845; d. London, England, 1917). Wooldridge was accomplished in both the visual arts and in music; he studied painting at the Royal Academy and music in London and Oxford. In 1895 he became Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Oxford University. His publications include An English Metrical Psalter (1890), two volumes of the Oxford History of Music (1901, 1905), three volumes of church music by Henry Purcell, and the Yattendon Hymnal (1899), which he co-edited with Robert Bridges (PHH 386).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1140
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #5044
Text: O King of Kings, Before Whose Throne
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #15006
Text: Thou Hast Searched Me And Known Me
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #139
Text: LORD, You Have Searched My Life and Know
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)


Instances (1 - 12 of 12)

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1140

Christian Worship #139C

Esperanta Himnaro #7a

Hymns and Psalms #175

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #139

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #587

Singing the Faith #278


Small Church Music #3901


The Cyber Hymnal #5044


The Cyber Hymnal #15006

Page Scan

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #50

Page Scan

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #140

Include 12 pre-1979 instances
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