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WONDROUS LOVE (Southern Harmony)

Composer: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Anonymous
Meter: 12.9.6.6.12.9
Incipit: 11724 54211 72576
Key: d minor or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

WONDROUS LOVE was first set to this text in William Walker's (PsH 44) second edition of Southern Harmony (1840). Publication of the hymn in B. F. White's The Sacred Harp (1844) further promoted the combination of text and tune. The meter of "What Wondrous Love" derives from an old English ballad about the infamous pirate Captain Kidd: My name was Robert Kidd, when I sailed, when I sailed; My name was Robert Kidd, when I sailed; My name was Robert Kidd, God's laws I did forbid, So wickedly I did when I sailed, when I sailed So wickedly I did when I sailed. Described by Erik Routley (PHH 31) as "incomparably beautiful," the tune is in ABA form and in Dorian or Aeolian mode (depending on which version is used or which "authentic" performance is heard). The setting is by Emily R. Brink (PHH 158). The Hymnal 1982 (439) includes the original three-part setting with the melody in the tenor; that setting could be useful for choirs alternating with the congregation on the hymnal setting. Sing unaccompanied, or use light accompaniment for stanzas 1 and 2, gradually becoming more forceful through stanza 3, and use full organ (or piano) for stanza 4. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987 WONDROUS LOVE appeared in Walker's fourth edition of Southern Harmony (1840) where the arrangement was attributed to James Christopher, 1813-1844. Barry Johnson

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #143
Text: What Wondrous Love Is This
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #106
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The Cyber Hymnal #7303
Text: What Wondrous Love Is This?
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #379
Text: What Wondrous Love
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Worship and Rejoice #257
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Ambassador Hymnal #72

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #143

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #169

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Celebrating Grace Hymnal #171

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Chalice Hymnal #200

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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #106

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Christian Worship #120

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #395

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Common Praise (1998) #400

Discipleship Ministries Collection #19

Discipleship Ministries Collection #183

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #306

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #666

Gather (3rd ed.) #52

Gather (3rd ed.) #343

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Gather (3rd ed.) #642

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Gather Comprehensive #406

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Gather Comprehensive #627

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #39

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Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #614

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Glory to God #215

Hinário para o Culto Cristão #170

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Hymnal 1982 #439

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Hymnal Supplement 98 #860

Hymnal #530

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #191

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Hymns of Promise #168

Hymns of the Saints #216

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Hymns to the Living God #155

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Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #500

Les Chants du Pèlerin #189

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Lift Up Your Hearts #164

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Lutheran Service Book #543

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Moravian Book of Worship #328

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Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #544

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Presbyterian Hymnal #85

Psalms for All Seasons #22C

Psalms for All Seasons #143B

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #379

Rejoice Hymns #104

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Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #277

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Secular Hymnal #76

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #162

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Sing Joyfully #250

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Sing! A New Creation #142

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Singing Our Faith #126

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Songs for Life #169

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The Celebration Hymnal #314

The Christian Life Hymnal #174

The Covenant Hymnal #226

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The Cyber Hymnal #7303

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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #177

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The New Century Hymnal #223

The Sacred Harp #159

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The United Methodist Hymnal #292

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #347

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The Worshiping Church #212

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #261

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #343

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Voices United #147

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Worship (3rd ed.) #600

Worship (4th ed.) #641

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Worship and Rejoice #257

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Worship in Song #184

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Worship Supplement 2000 #723

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