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Composer: V. Earl Copes

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Tune Information

Title: VICAR
Composer: V. Earl Copes (1963)
Key: D Major
Copyright: © 1963 by 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, 1988


Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Music Supplement II: The United Methodist Hymnal: Alternate Harmonizations Edition
    Composer/Editor Robert C. Bennett
    Published By: Abingdon Press (1993) pp. 189


Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

Chalice Hymnal #55


Chalice Hymnal #71


Chalice Hymnal #538

Community of Christ Sings #29

Discipleship Ministries Collection #23

Hymns of the Saints #209

Text InfoTune InfoAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #524

Rejoice in the Lord #31

The Presbyterian Hymnal #297


The United Methodist Hymnal #178


The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #343

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #189

The Worshiping Church #434

Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #594


Trinity Psalter Hymnal #489


Worship and Rejoice #404

Include 1 pre-1979 instance
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