St. Albinus

Descant to the hymn tune ST ALBINUS. Audio: hymnal verse - harmonized descant. Free score. 

Henry Gauntlett wrote innumerable hymn tunes, notably IRBY (Once in royal David's city). His tune ST ALBINUS was published in 1852, set to a now-fogotten text "Angels to our jubilee." In his original, the dotted note comes on the fifth note, rather than - as now - on the third which has become a signature of this well-regarded tune. The Easter hymn Jesus lives, thy terrors now is a translation - used with some creative license due to language differences - of Christian Gellert's Jesus lebt, mit ihm auch ich. Gellert was a professor of philosophy at Leipzig, with a career overlapping the life (and tenure at the Thomaskirche) of J.S. Bach. The text is from a 1757 collection of his hymns, over 54 of which were penned by Gellert. The translation by Frances Cox appeared first in 1841, in a volume of hymns translated from the German. The first instance of this now inseparable combination first appeared in Hymns for the Church of Christ (Third Thousand) in 1853.

Updated: Mar 21 2015

Jesus lives, thy terrors now

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