ROYAL OAK

Tune Information

Title: ROYAL OAK
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Incipit: 53432 17653 46767
Key: G Major
Source: English Traditional;The Dancing Master, 1686 (melody)
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

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

Arrangements

Organ Solo

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  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 82 Number 2 November December 2018: The Service Music Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Carson P. Cooman; Michael Helman
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  • Echoes of Praise: Organ Settings of Favorite Hymns
    Composer/Editor Franklin D. Ashdown
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (2017) pp. 30
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 80 Number 3 January February 2017: The Service Music Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Carson P. Cooman; Robert J. Powell
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2017) pp. 5
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 39 Number 6 September October 2017 General, All Saints, Reformation, Thanksgiving: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; James Douglas Esmond
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (2017) pp. 3
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 51 Number 6 July August 2017: The Organist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Carson P. Cooman; Franklin D. Ashdown
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2017) pp. 10
  • Gathered to Worship Volume 1: Organ Music based on Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Robert J. Powell
    Published By: GIA Publications, Inc. (2016) pp. 68
  • Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists Volume 6 Autumn Festivals: 37 Original Pieces on hymns for World Communion, Reformation / The Church, Harvest, All Saints, All Souls, Remembrance, Christ the King, and Thanksgiving
    Composer/Editors Rebecca Groom Te Velde; David Blackwell; Mary Beth Bennett
    Published By: Oxford University Press (2016) pp. 5, 91
  • The Organist's Library Volume 59
    Composer/Editor Robert F. Swift
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2016) pp. 80
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 78 Number 6 July August 2015: The Service Music Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Robert F. Swift
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2015) pp. 12
  • Augsburg Organ Library Marriage
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Anne Roberts
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2014) pp. 106
  • Easy Organ Library Volume 56
    Composer/Editor Patricia Lou Harris
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 45
  • Composer/Editor Dale Wood
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2013) pp. 8
  • The Organist Volume 117 Number 5 November December 2013: The Service Music Companion for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Patricia Lou Harris
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2013) pp. 11
  • When in Our Music: Three Hymn Settings for Organ
    Composer/Editor Albert L. Travis
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2012) pp. 9
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 33 Number 4 May June 2011: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Dennis Janzer
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (2011) pp. 3
  • When Morning Gilds the Skies: Hymns of praise and Thanksgiving for Organ
    Composer/Editor Anna Laura Page
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2011) pp. 28
  • A British Perspective: Melodies and Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Marilyn Biery
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2009) pp. 4
  • God Reigns Above: Six Familiar Hymn Settings for Organ
    Composer/Editor Neil Harmon
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2008) pp. 12
  • The Organist In Season: Summer
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Dale Wood
    Published By: Sacred Music Press (2007) pp. 42
  • 120 More Musical Gifts Part 7 Series Two: Variations on Hymn Tunes - Rendez a Dieu to Were You There
    Composer/Editors Adrienne Tindall; Rebecca Groom Te Velde
    Published By: Darcey Press (2006) pp. 588, 593
  • Grace Notes XII
    Composer/Editor Timothy Albrecht
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2005) pp. 10
  • Augsburg Organ Library Autumn
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Keith Kolander
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2003) pp. 84
  • The Organist Volume 107 Number 4 September October 2003: The Service Music Companion for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Steven Scott
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2003) pp. 8
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 24 Number 3 March 2002 General, Advent, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Easter Season, Festivals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Dennis R. Johnson
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (2002) pp. 6
  • Composer/Editor Eugene McCluskey
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2001) pp. 12
  • The Organist's Library Volume 29
    Composer/Editor James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2001) pp. 18
  • 11 Hymn Preludes: Organ
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Sadowski
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2000) pp. 22
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 63 Number 6 July August 2000: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2000) pp. 18
  • All Things Are Thine: An Organ Collection
    Composer/Editor Keith Kolander
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (1998) pp. 4
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 20 Number 3 March April 1998: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Richard H. Kerr
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (1998) pp. 8
  • The Joy of Music Volume 2: Organ Settings of Favorite Hymns
    Composer/Editor Diane Joyce Bish
    Published By: Fred Bock Music Company (1997) pp. 15
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 19 Number 3 March 1997 General, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Easter Season, Festivals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Robert W. Jones
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (1997) pp. 26
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 32 Number 1 September October 1997: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors James Mansfield; Brian Glyncannon
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1997) pp. 3
  • 100 Hymn Preludes for Manuals
    Composer/Editor Stanley Vann
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1996) pp. 102
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 60 Number 1 September October 1996: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Dorothy Wells; David Paxton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1996) pp. 64
  • Wood Works on International Folk Hymns
    Composer/Editor Dale Wood
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1995) pp. 21
  • Hymn Variations for the Church Year: Music for the Organ by Sharon E. Rogers
    Composer/Editor Sharon Elery Rogers
    Published By: Masters Music Publications, Inc. (1989) pp. 63
  • Folk Hymn Sketches for Organ
    Composer/Editor Emma Lou Diemer
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1987) pp. 8
  • Lorenz's Organ Album No. 91: Three-staff Voluntaries for the Church Organ

    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1983) pp. 63
  • Preludes on Wedding Hymns
    Composer/Editor Gordon Young
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1983) pp. 3
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 46 Number 6 August 1983: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Dorothy Wells; Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1983) pp. 63
  • Hymn Tunes, Preludes & Improvisations for Organ
    Composer/Editor Robert Hebble
    Published By: Bradley Publications (1981) pp. 63
  • Chorale Preludes on English Tunes for Organ: Seven Pieces by Contemporary British Composers

    Published By: Oxford University Press (1977) pp. 20
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    Composer/Editor Ethel Tench Rogers
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1971) pp. 8

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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2011) pp. 217
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    Composer/Editor Brock Downward
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    Composer/Editor Harrison Oxley
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2000) pp. 110
  • The Creative Use of Descants in Worship: The Creative Church Musician Series / Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Hal H. Hopson
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1999) pp. 91
  • Festive Hymn Introductions: 37 Settings for Organ
    Composer/Editor Dale Wood
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1997) pp. 20
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    Composer/Editor Margaret Mealy
    Published By: GIA Publications, Inc. (1997) pp. 73
  • Finishing Touch: One Hundred Last Verse Arrangements of Well-Known Hymn Tunes - New and Enlarged Edition
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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1996) pp. 7, 46
  • After the Last Verse: 200 Hymn Improvisations
    Composer/Editor Malcolm Archer
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1995) pp. 7, 139
  • Hymns for Occasions: One Hundred Special Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Colin Mawby
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1994) pp. 73
  • Music Supplement II: The United Methodist Hymnal: Alternate Harmonizations Edition
    Composer/Editor Robert C. Bennett
    Published By: Abingdon Press (1993) pp. 157
  • Hymn Intonations for Organ: Harmonizations and Intonations for Congregational Singing
    Composer/Editor V. Earle Copes
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1990) pp. 23
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: Volume II
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 51
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: By Fifty American Composers
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1984) pp. 76, 99

Piano Solo

  • Hymn Anthology

    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2017) pp. 14
  • Symphonic Hymns for Piano - The Phillip Keveren Series - Piano Solo: 17 Sonorous Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Phillip Keveren
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2017) pp. 6
  • More Hymn Creations: 10 Piano Solo Arrangements
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    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2014) pp. 4
  • Even More Sunday Solos for Piano: Preludes, Offertories & Postludes

    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2011) pp. 4
  • The Church Pianist Volume 25 Number 6 July August 2009: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry F. Pugh; Roger Summers
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2009) pp. 70
  • The Complete Worship Suites: 18 Expressive Suites Arranged for Solo Piano Correlated with Scriptural Themes
    Composer/Editor Anna Laura Page
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2009) pp. 149
  • All Nature Sings: Piano Hymn Settings That Celebrate the Creator and the Beauty of His Creation
    Composer/Editor Larry Shackley
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2008) pp. 18
  • Composer/Editor Michael Larkin
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2008) pp. 32
  • The Church Pianist Volume 24 Number 5 May June 2008: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Gregg Sewell; Larry Shackley
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2008) pp. 52
  • Hymn Medleys: Classic Songs of Faith Arranged by Phillip Keveren
    Composer/Editor Phillip Keveren
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2007) pp. 20
  • Hymn Medleys : Classic Songs of Faith
    Composer/Editor Phillip Keveren
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2007) pp. 20
  • Composer/Editor Roger Summers
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2006) pp. 14
  • Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: One God, Three Persons, Nine Strong Hymns
    Composer/Editor Roger Summers
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2006) pp. 14
  • Consecration: Worship Suite for Advanced Solo Piano
    Composer/Editor Larry Dalton
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2005) pp. 11
  • God, Our Creator: Worship Suite for Advanced Solo Piano
    Composer/Editor Anna Laura Page
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2005) pp. 11
  • Timeless: A Collection of Classic Hymn Tunes for Solo Piano
    Composer/Editor Penny Rodriguez
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2005) pp. 21
  • The Church Pianist Vol. 16 No. 3 January/February 2000
    Composer/Editor Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2000) pp. 30
  • The Church Pianist Volume 16 Number 3 January February 2000: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2000) pp. 30
  • Carter's Classics Volume II: Traditional Hymns in a Contemporary Settings
    Composer/Editor John Carter
    Published By: Evergreen Morning Press (1998) pp. 3
  • Jazz Plain and Simple for Piano
    Composer/Editor Michael Hassell
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (1998) pp. 3
  • The Church Pianist Volume 13 Number 1 September October 1996: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Robert W. Thygerson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1996) pp. 14
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor: Hymn Arrangements for Solo Piano
    Composer/Editor Gail Ann Wasson
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (1994) pp. 11
  • And Can It Be: For Piano
    Composer/Editor Sharron Lyon
    Published By: Church Street Music (1994) pp. 27
  • PedalPoint Volume 13 Number 1 October November December 1993: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Samuel Wellman
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1993) pp. 26

Piano and Organ Duet

  • Favorite Hymn Duets for Organ and Piano
    Composer/Editor David H. Hegarty
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1985) pp. 2

Piano Duet+: Piano Duet One Piano

  • Hymn Duets : With a Patriotic Medley for Solo Piano
    Composer/Editor Sid Richardson
    Published By: Belwin Mills Publishing Corporation (1999) pp. 4

Voices: Vocal Solo

  • 10 Hymns and Gospel Songs for Solo Voice: For Concerts, Contests, Recitals and Worship
    Composer/Editor Mark Hayes
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2000) pp. 10
  • Art Songs of the Hymnal Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Ron Harris
    Published By: Ron Harris Music (1990) pp. 3

Instruments: Organ and Two Instruments

  • Six Compositions for Two Instruments & Organ
    Composer/Editor Robert J. Powell
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2000) pp. 24

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