NATIVITY (Lahee)Composer: Henry Lahee (1855)
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|Composer:||Henry Lahee (1855)|
|Incipit:||33355 11321 66217|
Henry Lahee (b. Chelsea, London, England, 1826; d. Croydon, London, 1912) composed NATIVITY, which was first published in 1855 and set to a nativity hymn (thus the tune's title), "High let us swell our tuneful notes," by Philip Doddridge (PsH 335). Because NATIVITY was published with Isaac Watts' (PsH 155) "Come let us join our cheerful songs" in the 1875 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern, it has often been set to that text. NATIVITY is the only Lahee tune still in common use.
After studying music privately, Lahee became organist at several churches. His most prominent position was at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, England, where he was organist from 1847-1874. While in that position he joined his vicar, W. J. Irons, in producing The Metrical Psalter (1855); NATIVITY was included in an appendix to that collection. A composer of cantatas and many madrigals and glees, Lahee also compiled One Hundred Hymn Tunes (1857) for use with a collection of hymn texts edited by Irons.
A cheerful tune, NATIVITY is distinguished both by its brevity and by its opening dramatic "rocket" figure. Sing in two long lines with stanzas 1 and 5 in unison and stanzas 24 in harmony. The fanfare-like opening and royal character of this psalm invite brass accompaniment.
For the final stanza, add the fine descant by Florence Mary Spencer Palmer ("Peggy"; b. Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, 1900; d. Bristol, England, 1987) from the Anglican Hymn Book, 1965. Palmer studied piano and composition in her youth and later taught those disciplines, both privately and at various schools in the Bristol area. In addition to her many hymn tunes she composed music for piano, cello, and voice.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 20 of 20)||Tune name||First Line||Composer||Meter||Incipit||Key||Source|
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #362||NATIVITY||Come, let us join our cheerful songs||John Barnard (b. 1948); Henry Lahee (1826-1912)||CM||B♭ Major|
|Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #127||NATIVITY||Come, let us join our cheerful songs||Henry Lahee|
|Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #126||NATIVITY (LAHEE)||Henry Lahee||126.96.36.199||33355 11321 66217|
|Common Praise (1998) #319||NATIVITY||Come, let us join our cheerful songs||Henry Lahee (1826-1912)||CM|
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #401||NATIVITY||Come, let us join our cheerful songs||Henry Lahee, 1826-1912||CM||B♭ Major|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #120||NATIVITY||Come, let us join our cheerful songs||Henry Lahee, 1826-1912||CM||B♭ Major|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #810||NATIVITY||Come, let us join our cheerful songs||H. Lahee|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #821||NATIVITY||Sing we the song of those who stand||H. Lahee|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #206||NATIVITY||Come let us join our cheerful songs||H. Lahee (1826-1912)||8 6 8 6 (CM)||B♭ Major|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #359||NATIVITY (Lahee)||Christ is the King and he shall reign||Peggy Spencer Palmer; Henry Lahee||CM||B♭ Major|
|Singing the Faith #743||NATIVITY||Come, let us join our cheerful songs||Henry Lahee||CM||B♭ Major|
|Small Church Music #541||NATIVITY||Come let us join our cheerful songs||Henry Lahee||188.8.131.52|
|The Cyber Hymnal #596||NATIVITY||Behold My Servant! see Him rise||Henry Lahee||CM||33355 11321 66217||B♭ Major|
|The Cyber Hymnal #3354||NATIVITY||Jesus, let all Thy lovers shine||Henry Lahee||CM||B♭ Major|
|The Cyber Hymnal #4645||NATIVITY||Now shall my solemn vows be paid||Henry Lahee||CM||33355 11321 66217||B♭ Major|
|The Cyber Hymnal #6136||NATIVITY||Sing we the song of those who stand||Henry Lahee||CM||33355 11321 66217||B♭ Major|
|The Cyber Hymnal #7622||NATIVITY||Workman of God! O lose not heart||Henry Lahee||CM||33355 11321 66217||B♭ Major|
|The Cyber Hymnal #9649||NATIVITY||Blest be the everlasting God||Henry Lahee||CM||B♭ Major|
|The New English Hymnal #349||NATIVITY||Come, let us join our cheerful songs||Henry Lahee, 1826-1912||CM||B♭ Major|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #204||NATIVITY||Come, let us join our cheerful songs||Henry Lahee, 1826-1912||86.86||B♭ Major|