Coe Fen

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Descant to the hymn tune COE FEN. Free score with harmonized descant and separate choir part. (Image: the Coe Fen grazing meadow, bounded by The Leys School, Cambridge - via RadWagon) Free score. 

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he text "How shall I sing that majesty" is taken from a 1683 volume of poems by John Mason (1646-1694), one of the earliest hymn writers of the Church of England (as opposed to metrical Psalms). Originally a priest of the Anglican church, he became a 'dissenter,' administering no sacraments and choosing to focus instead on preaching. His focus was almost exclusively on the millennial advent of Christ, convinced it was imminent. The text appeared in this form with the English Hymnal (1906) and draws on a comparison between the feeble praise offered on earth compared to that offered by those in the presence of God. The tune was written by school teacher Ken Naylor (1931-1991) and named for a grazing meadow on the River Cam, abutting The Leys School in Cambridge, where he taught, and also bordering Cambridge University and the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Descant composed for friend and colleague, Organist and Choirmaster, Samuel Carabetta and the Choir of St John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, Washington, DC.

 

Nov 19 2016

 

COE FEN
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How shall I sing that majesty

COE FEN
ALTERNATE VERSION 4.3.2

Alternate version for the hymn, The great Creator of the worlds, from the Epistle to Diognetus c. 150, tr. F. Bland Tucker (1895-1984). Includes separate choir part. The cadence differs due to the nature of the hymn's text.  Audio

He came as Savior to his own,

the way of love he trod;

he came to win us by good will,

for force is not of God.

Not to oppress, but summon all

their truest life to find,

in love God sent his Son to save,

not to condemn mankind.


from the Epistle to Diognetus c. 150

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