Toulon

Audio sample: hymnal verse (H82) - harmonized descant. 

TOULON is an abbreviation of OLD 124TH, by Claude Goudimel, and has no relationship to the eponymous city; the longer form was published in Trente quatre Pseaumes de David, the 1551 Genevan Psalter. It is a stately tune which in TOULON's shorter form has few appropriate hymns, especially when considering a descant. The hymn God of the prophets, used primarily for ordinations, is an example with sufficient gravitas. This version is the Anglican variant, which signals a cadential rallentando by expanding one measure to 6/4 - the third from the end (the words "last with" are half notes, rather than quarters) - lending additional grandeur to the tune. To adapt God of the prophets for general use, some hymnals substitute the first person (e.g., "we", "us") for the third ("they", "them"). A complete commentary can be found on the Reformed Worship website. The Moravian hymn for Pentecost, O Holy Ghost (alt., Spirit of God ) is a very convincing alternative:

1 [Spirit of God], on this great day inspire
our souls, we pray, with pentecostal fire.
Lord, breathe upon us with your heav'nly wind,
that it refresh and purify our mind.
 

2 Kindle within us and preserve that fire,
which will with holy love our breast inspire,
and with an active zeal our soul inflame
to do your will and glorify your name.
 

3 Endow us richly with your gifts and grace
to fit us for the duties of our place;
so open now our lips, our hearts so raise,
that both our hearts and lips may give you praise.

 

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God of the prophets

Make them apostles,
heralds of thy cross;
forth may they go to
tell the world thy grace:
Inspired of thee may
they count all but loss,
and stand at last with
joy before thy face.