RATHBUN

Composer: Ithamar Conkey

Ithamar Conkey (1815-1867) was born in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, and was of Scottish ancestry. He was organist at Central Baptist Church in Norwich, Connecticut. After his work in Norwich, he went to New York City and served as bass soloist at Calvary Episcopal Church and later bass soloist and choir director of Madison Avenue Baptist Church. --The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion, 1993 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Ithamar Conkey (1851)
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Incipit: 51317 65155 63234
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

In the cross of Christ I glory, Towering o'er the wrecks of time

In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o'er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.

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Notes

This story is associated with the writing of RATHBUN: One Sunday in 1849 Ithamar Conkey (b. Shutesbury, MA, 1815; d. Elizabeth, NJ, 1867) walked out of the morning service at Central Baptist Church, Norwich, Connecticut, where he was choir director and organist, frustrated because only one soprano from his choir had come that morning. The next Sunday the minister preached a Lenten message on the words of Christ on the cross. One of the hymns to be sung was Bowring's "In the Cross of Christ I Glory." Later that day Conkey's discouragement changed to inspiration, and he composed a new tune for that text. He named the tune after that one faithful soprano, Mrs. Beriah S. Rathbun. The tune was published in Henry W. Greatorex's Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1851). In 1850 Conkey moved to New York City and became bass soloist at Calvary Episcopal Church. Later he was bass soloist and conductor of the quartet choir at the Madison Avenue Baptist Church. He also sang frequently in oratorio performances.

RATHBUN is easily sung in parts. To sense the joy that breathes through the text, do not sing too slowly. Some hymnals set this text to STUTTGART (329), a helpful alternate choice.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #554
Text: In the Cross of Christ I Glory
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #70
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #2160
Text: Hark! The Notes of Angels Singing
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The Cyber Hymnal #2169
Text: Hark! What Mean Those Holy Voices?
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The Cyber Hymnal #2644
Text: Hark! Ten Thousand Voices Crying
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The Cyber Hymnal #2829
Text: In the Heavens the Lord Almighty
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The Cyber Hymnal #3006
Text: In the Cross of Christ I Glory
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The Cyber Hymnal #5926
Text: Savior, Visit Thy Plantation
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The Cyber Hymnal #7054
Text: Valley Lilies
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The Cyber Hymnal #10154
Text: Oh! My Soul! Bless Thou Jehovah
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The Cyber Hymnal #11254
Text: Shall This Life Of Mine Be Wasted?
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #474
Text: In the Cross of Christ I Glory
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
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The United Methodist Hymnal #295
Text: In the Cross of Christ I Glory
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Worship and Rejoice #264
Text: In the Cross of Christ I Glory

Instances

Instances (1 - 52 of 52)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #64
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #554TextFlexscoreAudio
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #247TextFlexscorePage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #183Text
Chalice Hymnal #207Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #70ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #345Text
Discipleship Ministries Collection #58
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #523TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #324TextFlexscorePage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #213Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Himnos de la Iglesia #26
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #441TextPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #566
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #169
Hymns of Faith #162TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #203
Hymns to the Living God #163TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #427TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #101TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #356
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #84TextPage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #102
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #474Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #311
Rejoice in the Lord #298TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #237
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #31b
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #382
Sing Joyfully #256TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #710Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #328TextFlexscorePage Scan
The Christian Life Hymnal #163
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #221
The Cyber Hymnal #2160TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2169TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2644TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2829TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3006TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5926TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7054TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10154TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #11254TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #184TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #193TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #88
The United Methodist Hymnal #295TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #276Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #277
The Worshiping Church #209TextPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #264TextScoreFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #134
Include 222 pre-1979 instances



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