ST. BOTOLPH

Composer: Gordon Slater

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Tune Information

Composer: Gordon Slater (1929)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 13153 21712 35654 5
Key: D Major
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press.

Texts

I Come with Joy

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Jesus, the very thought of thee
with sweetness fills the breast;
but sweeter far thy face to see,
and in thy presence rest.

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For Mary, mother of our Lord

Notes

ST. BOTOLPH was composed by Gordon A. Slater (b. Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, 1896; d. Lincoln, England, 1979) and first published in Songs of Praise for Boys and Girls (1930).

The tune was named for St. Botolph's Parish Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, where Slater was organist from 1919 to 1927, following his service in the British army in France during World War I. That church honors St. Botolph, the seventh-century abbot of an influential monastery thought to have been near Iken, northeast of Ipswich in Suffolk, a monastery destroyed during the Danish invasions. Also from 1919 to 1927, Slater was conductor of the Boston Choral Society. He then served at Leicester Cathedral from 1927 to 1930. Organist and choirmaster at Lincoln Cathedral from 1930 to 1966, Slater supervised the rebuilding of the cathedral's organ in 1960. During those years he was also the conductor of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. He taught at various British colleges and universities and was a well-known organ recitalist for the BBC. In addition to piano and organ music, Slater composed anthems and hymn tunes.

As originally intended by Slater, ST. BOTOLPH is best sung in unison. Music theory students may delight in finding some parallel fifths in the harmonization. Sing and accompany in two long lines rather than in four short phrases. “Jesus, the Very Thought of You” (480) is often sung to ST. BOTOLPH in British churches.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Instances

Instances (1 - 24 of 24)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #313
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #448aText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #560b
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #620bText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #749aText
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #194
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #328
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #1
Common Praise (1998) #617
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #238
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #305
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #182a
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #304
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #209Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #603Text
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #390
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #484a
Hymns to the Living God #326TextPage Scan
New English Praise: a supplement to the New English Hymnal #623
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #589Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Singing the Faith #588
The New English Hymnal #385Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #223
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #254
Include 4 pre-1979 instances



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