Tune Information

Meter: D
Incipit: 53432 17653 46767
Key: G Major
Source: English Traditional; The Dancing Master, 1686 (melody)
Copyright: Public Domain


ROYAL OAK is presumably named for a tree at Boscobel, Shropshire, England, in which King Charles II hid during the Battle of Worcester, 1651. A folk song that may well be older than the seventeenth century, ROYAL OAK was associated in the 1600s with the loyalist song "The Twenty-Ninth of May," a song that celebrated the restoration of the monarchy under Charles II on May 29, 1660. Originally found in The Dancing Master (1686), the tune was arranged as a hymn setting by Martin F. Shaw and published in his Song Time (1915). ROYAL OAK is usually associated with the Alexander text in modern hymnals. John Worst (b. Grand Rapids, MI, 1940) prepared the harmonization, first published in the Psalter Hymnal Supplement in 1974. Worst is a composer as well as professor of music at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, a position he has held since 1966. Previously he taught at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, and the University of Michigan. Educated at Calvin College, Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan (Ph.D.), Worst was an editor of Songs of Rejoicing: Hymns for Worship, Meditation and Praise (1989). He was also one of the contributors to Youth, Electronic Media, and Popular Art and the arranger of the Hymn of the Month, sets 1-4, for Christian Schools International. This light, bright, and energetic tune is well suited to the colorful text. It requires unison singing throughout, although with a few simple changes the refrain could be sung in parts. Use light accompaniment. Try accompanying with guitars, flutes, or recorders, or use just three-part texture on the organ for the stanzas and four-part texture on the refrain. This is a great children's hymn–be sure to have them sing a stanza or two by themselves and then have the congregation join in on the refrain. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1022
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #120
Text: All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #435
Text: All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Timeless Truths #397
Text: All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • All_Things_Bright_and_Beautiful.pdf (PDF)
  • All_Things_Bright_and_Beautiful.xml (XML)
The United Methodist Hymnal #147
Text: All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #30
Text: All Things Bright and Beautiful


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The Cyber Hymnal #120TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #31TextPage Scan
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The United Methodist Hymnal #147TextFlexscoreAudio
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #155
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The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #157
Timeless Truths #397TextScoreAudio
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #120TextFlexscorePage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #291Text
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Worship (4th ed.) #574Flexscore
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Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #1
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Include 15 pre-1979 instances
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