ARRANGED FOR BRASS QUINTENT, TIMP, AND ORGAN
The tune ST. CLEMENT was composed for this text by Clement Scholefield (1839-1904), a clergyman and self-taught musician. He wrote several hymn tunes, of which only one - this one - survives. It appeared in Arthur S. Sullivan's 1874 hymnal, Church Hymns with Tunes, and the tune was 'named' for its composer by the publisher. John Ellerton (1826-1893) wrote the evening text 'The day thou gavest Lord is ended' at the height of the Victorian missionary empire, for A Liturgy for Missionary Meetings (1870). It was published a year later in Church Hymns, another missionary-based hymnbook.
Updated: Mar 4 2012
Recorded live at Church of the Advent, Boston, sung by the Choir of Christ Church (Hamilton Mass.), Daniel Jay McKinley, organist and choirmaster.
NOTE: This arrangement is in F. If your hymnal has this tune in another key and you wish it to be in F, too, you can download the hymn score in F from the CPDL website.
So be it, Lord; thy throne shall never,
like earth’s proud empires, pass away:
thy kingdom stands, and grows forever,
till all thy creatures own thy sway.
– John Ellerton 1826-1893
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