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Composer: V. Earle Copes

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Tune Information

Composer: V. Earle Copes (1963)
Key: D Major
Copyright: Copyright © 1963 by Abingdon Press. Used by permission.; Tune © 1963, Abingdon Press. Used by permission


GENEVAN 12 (or DONNE SECOURS, see 12) was the tune originally selected for the text for singing at the Evanston Assembly. That tune is set to the Harkness text in many hymnals.

V. Earle Copes (PHH 302) composed VICAR in 1963 as a setting for Harkness's text for inclusion in the American Methodist Hymnal of 1966. The tune is named for the composer's father, Archie Vicar Copes (usually called by his middle name).

VICAR is a vigorous unison tune with distinctive rhythms and a colorful harmonization, and is representative of what Erik Routley (PHH 31) called the "clean-limbed" style. Organists should favor the soprano line to support this fervent prayer. Try having the choir's sopranos sing the tenor line an octave higher as a descant on stanza 5.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Instances (1 - 15 of 15)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #55
Chalice Hymnal #71Text
Chalice Hymnal #538Text
Community of Christ Sings #29
Discipleship Ministries Collection #23
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #209
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #297
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #524Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #31
The United Methodist Hymnal #178TextAudio
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #343Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #189
The Worshiping Church #434
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #594
Worship and Rejoice #404Text
Include 1 pre-1979 instance