SHEPHERD'S PIPESComposer: Annabeth McClelland Gay (1952)
Published in 10 hymnals
Audio files: MIDI, Recording
|Composer:||Annabeth McClelland Gay (1952)|
|Copyright:||Tune © 1958, 1986, Pilgrim Press.|
O mighty rulers, can you claim
that you speak righteousness?
Do you defend the poor and weak
in truth and uprightness?
No, in your heart you plot and scheme;
injustice marks your life;
you deal out violence on earth
and favor human strife.
Annabeth McClelland Gay (b. Ottawa, IL, 1925) composed SHEPHERDS' PIPES in 1952, and her husband matched it with a hymn text to send as Christmas greetings. She wrote, "When I played it for him, he said, 'I wonder if Palestinian shepherds played on pipes, because that's what this tune reminds me of.' So his text followed ("The Shepherds' Pipes on Bethlehem's Heights") and from the text, the tune name."
The tune was first published in Pilgrim Hymnal (1958) with T. T. Lynch's text 'The Lord Is Rich and Merciful." Gay was organist and choir director in churches in New York and Ohio, including the Hale United Church of Christ in Dayton, Ohio, where her husband served as pastor. She was educated at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, and received a masters degree in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Other of her hymn tunes were combined with texts by her husband and sent with Christmas greetings; "Carol of Hope" was included in Worship II.
Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized SHEPHERDS' PIPES in 1985. In a minor tonality, this tune offers melodic repetitions and dependable rhythms. To do justice to this text, use a marcato performance.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 8 of 8)||Tune name||First Line||Composer||Meter||Incipit||Key||Source|
|Community of Christ Sings #64||SHEPHERD'S PIPES||Deep in the shadows of the past|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #50||SHEPHERDS' PIPES||Deep in the shadows of the past||Annabeth McClelland Gay||CMD||g minor|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #56||SHEPHERDS' PIPES||Sing out with joy to God our strength||Annabeth McClelland Gay||CMD||g minor|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #330||SHEPHERDS' PIPES||Deep in the shadows of the past||Annabeth McClelland Gay||CMD||g minor|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #58||SHEPHERDS' PIPES||O mighty rulers, can you claim||Dale Grotenhuis; Annabeth McClelland Gay||CMD||g minor|
|Rejoice in the Lord #253||SHEPHERD'S PIPES||O where is he that trod the sea?||Annabeth McClelland Gay||CMD||g minor|
|The New Century Hymnal #320||SHEPHERDS' PIPES||Deep in the shadows of the past||Annabeth McClelland Gay||C.M.D.||g minor|
|Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #889||SHEPHERD'S PIPES||Blessed be the God of Israel||Annabeth McClelland Gay (b. 1925)||CMD||g minor|