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Composer: James C. Ward (1984)
Published in 4 hymnals

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Composer: James C. Ward

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Tune Information

Composer: James C. Ward (1984)
Meter: 8.8.4 D
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Tune © 1987, Music Anno Domini (A.D.). All rights reserved. Used by permisson.


LORD, Listen to My Righteous Plea

LORD, listen to my righteous plea;
you will not find deceit in me
as my prayers rise.
Examine me and probe my heart
to see that I have kept apart
from ways of sin.

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O God, Be Merciful to Me

O God, be merciful to me;
I am distressed by enemies
on every side.
They slander me in what they say,
attacking me from day to day
in all their pride.

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James Calvin Ward (b. Belleville, IL, 1950) composed ROSALIE MCMILLAN in 1984 for Psalm 17; the Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee, however, chose it as the setting for Psalm 56, which is versified in the same meter. Ward named the tune for his mother, whose Covenanter heritage in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America influenced his love for the psalms. This tune consists of two long lines with identical rhythmic patterns. The simple harmony invites four-part singing.

Ward received a BA in music from Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and a Masters in Jazz from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. From 1973 to 1975 he worked as a campus intern and musician with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, then codirected the progressive jazz group "Elan" in Pittsburgh until 1978. After working with Lamb and Lion Records (Pat Boone/Benson) and Greentree Records, Ward began working independently; he currently tours North America annually as a solo performer, recording artist, and songwriter. He also serves as director of music at New City Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Among the recordings Ward has released are Mourning to Dancing (1980), Faith Takes a Vision (1983), Good Advice (1985), and Over All the World (1990). A number of his songs have been arranged as choral anthems

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Lift Up Your Hearts #888


Psalms for All Seasons #17C

Psalms for All Seasons #56C

Text InfoTune InfoAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #56

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