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In Ages PastA new collection of favourite hymns A further 'Gift of Music' selection of timeless Victorian favourites, all taken from an early edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, one of the most popular and influential hymnals.1 O God our help in ages past2 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds3 Jesu, the very thought of thee4 To the name of our salvation5 To Christ the Prince of peace6 Rock of ages cleft for me7 Jesu lover of my soul8 Rejoice, the Lord is King9 O Holy Spirit, Lord of Grace10 Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost11 The church's one foundation12 God of mercy, God of grace13 Let saints on earth in concert sing14 Jerusalem the golden15 Ye choirs of new Jerusalem16 Light's glittering morn bedecks the sky17 Jesus Christ is risen today18 When I survey the wondrous cross19 There is a green hill far away20 Crown him with many crowns21 Now my tongue the mystery telling22 Be thou my guardian and my guide23 Through all the changing scenes of lifeChoir of Sidney Sussex College, CambridgeDirected by David SkinnerJamal Sutton, organRecorded in the chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, November 2006 by kind permission of the Master and FellowsCover image: Helmsley scene over the fields on a misty morning Lesley Garland/Alamy ImagesP & C 2006 Classical Communications LtdMade in Great BritainHymns Ancient and Modern is one of our earliest and greatest English language hymnals. Unusually for a successful publication, it came about as the outcome of a committee which had begun formal work in 1859. The committee gave itself the job of bringing together the music and texts of the many and diverse hymnals and other publications which had sprung up in the wake of the Oxford movement, a religious movement which had sought, amongst other things, to raise the standards of liturgical observance in the Anglican church of the mid-nineteenth century. New hymns and new translations of ancient works were brought together into a new collection which largely eradicated the need for any other hymnal: and the committee was so successful in their work that, following publication of the first edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern in 1861, four and a half million copies were sold within the next seven years. The hymnal was reprinted and revised many times, and indeed is still going strong today. At the time of its compilation Hymns Ancient and Modern really was a mixture of the old and the new. Translations of old Latin hymns from the ancient church, such as Light's glittering morn, crafted in the main by JM Neale, who was probably the greatest and most poetic of hymn scholars of the age, rubbed shoulders with new hymns, such as God of mercy, God of grace, which were products of the Evangelical movement which had swept through the Victorian church alongside the Oxford movement. Each hymn in our recorded collection is distinguished in some way, either because of its composer, its author, or both. The information given below is taken from the 1889 edition and its second supplement of 1916. The detail is less precise than a modern scholar might wish for, but it is nevertheless reproduced here because of the character which it reveals about the hymnal.Hymn Composer Tune AuthorO God our help in ages past William Croft 1708 St Anne Isaac Watts 1719How sweet the name of Jesus sounds A.R. Reinagle (1799-1877) St Peter J Newton 1779Jesu, the very thought of thee R Redhead Metzler's Redhead E Caswall: from the LatinTo the name of our salvation Ett, Cantica Sacra 1840 Oriel JM Neale: from the LatinTo Christ the Prince of peace H J Gauntlett St George E Caswall: from the LatinRock of ages cleft for me R Redhead Petra A M Toplady 1775Jesu lover of my soul JB Dykes Hollingside C Wesley 1740Rejoice, the Lord is King GF Handel Gopsal C Wesley 1746O Holy Spirit, Lord of Grace Thomas Tallis 1567 Tallis J Chandler: from the LatinGracious Spirit, Holy ghost Sir J Stainer Charity Bishop C WordsworthThe church's one foundation SS Wesley Aurelia SJ StoneGod of mercy, God of grace J Crueger 1598-1662 Creuger J Montgomery 1821Let saints on earth in concert sing T Ravenscroft 1621 Dundee C WesleyJerusalem the golden A Ewing Ewing JM NealeYe choirs of new Jerusalem HJ Gauntlett St Fulbert H CampbellLight's glittering morn bedecks the sky Catholische Kirchengesaenge 1623 Easter Song JM NealeJesu Christ is risen today Lyra Davidica 1708 Easter Hymn Lrya Davidica 1708When I survey the wondrous cross E Miller 1735-1807 Rockingham Isacc Watts 1707There is a green hill far away W Horsley Horsley Mrs AlexanderCrown him with many crowns Sir G Elvey Diademata M Bridges 1851Now my tongue the mystery telling French Tantum ergo E CaswallBe thou my guardian and my guide I Smith 1770 Abridge I WilliamsThrough all the changing scenes of life Sir G Smart 1798 Wiltshire N Tate and N Brady 1696Choir of Sidney Sussex College, CambridgeSOPRANOSAbigail ArmstrongGrace CapelMiri GellertAnna Gold-BeckwoodEve GordonSarah RobbinsALTOSSarah Louis-BennionCatherine CharlwoodRachel DilworthFiona HowChristopher LowreyPippa MortonTENORSThomas AthorneRobert BuschRobin HorganOliver JonesPaul KilbeyBASSESStefan FraczekGuy HaywardDuncan HewittAndrew TippleJames FreemanWill Buchanan
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