MORECAMBE

Composer: Frederick C. Atkinson

Born: Au­gust 21, 1841, Nor­wich, Nor­folk, Eng­land. Died: No­vem­ber 30, 1896, East Dere­ham, Nor­folk, Eng­land. As a boy Atkinson was a chorister and assistant organist at Norwich Cathedral. In 1867 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Cambridge and then served as organist and choirmaster in St. Luke's Church, Manningham, Bradford. He also held that position at Norwich Cathedral and at St. Mary's Parish Church in Lewisham. Atkinson wrote hymn tunes, anthems, and complete Anglican services, as well as songs and piano pieces. Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Frederick C. Atkinson (1870)
Meter: 10.10.10.10
Incipit: 33343 65443 17656
Key: B♭ Major

Texts

Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart

Spirit of God, who dwells within my heart,
wean it from sin, through all its pulses move.
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as you are,
and make me love you as I ought to love.

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Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face

Notes

MORECAMBE was composed in 1870 by Frederick C. Atkinson (b. Norwich, England, 1841; d. East Dereham, England, 1896) as a setting for Henry Lyte's "Abide with Me" (442). It was first published in G. S. Barrett and E.J. Hopkins's Congregational Church Hymnal (1887). The tune is named for a coastal town on Morecambe Bay near Lancaster, England, a town not far from Bradford, where Atkinson served as organist.

As a boy Atkinson was a chorister and assistant organist at Norwich Cathedral. In 1867 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Cambridge and then served as organist and choirmaster in St. Luke's Church, Manningham, Bradford. He also held that position at Norwich Cathedral and at St. Mary's Parish Church in Lewisham. Atkinson wrote hymn tunes, anthems, and complete Anglican services, as well as songs and piano pieces.

MORECAMBE has a good melodic contour and a strong rise to its climax but then concludes rather weakly. (See comments on the generic group of tunes that includes MORECAMBE at PHH 276.) Try singing this fervent prayer to MORESTEAD (295), a tune with a very different character that will shed new light on the text.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #245
Text: Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #132
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #943
Text: Come In, O Come!
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1815
Text: God, Keep Me Safe
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4250
Text: My Heart Was Glad to Hear the Welcome Sound
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4638
Text: Not Worthy, Lord, to Gather Up the Crumbs
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5387
Text: O Thou Who Hearest Every Heartfelt Prayer
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6240
Text: Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #9344
Text: Home
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #419
Text: Spirit of God, Who Dwells within My Heart
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #500
Text: Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #132
Text: Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart

Instances

Instances (1 - 66 of 66)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #312TextPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #277
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #446
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #245TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #331TextFlexScorePage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #243TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #265TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #132ScoreAudio
Common Praise (1998) #558
Community of Christ Sings #48
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #800TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #517Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #688Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Himnos de la Iglesia #499
Hymnal: A Worship Book #502
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #778
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #228
Hymns of Faith #13TextPage Scan
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #69Page Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #16
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #181
Hymns to the Living God #199Text
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #323
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #119TextPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #618TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #490TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #86
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #157Page Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #326TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #419Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #520
Rejoice in the Lord #445TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #266
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #259
Sing Joyfully #154TextPage Scan
Sing Joyfully #259TextPage Scan
Singing the New Testament #134
Small Church Music #319Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #339
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #390Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #217
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #294
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #411
The Cyber Hymnal #943TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1815TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4250TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4638TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5387TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6240TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9344TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #249Text
The New Century Hymnal #290TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #336TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #500TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #125
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #126
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #127
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #128
The Worshiping Church #290TextFlexScorePage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #338TextFlexScorePage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #378TextFlexScorePage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #378Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #877
Worship and Rejoice #132TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #143TextAudio
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #154
Include 94 pre-1979 instances



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