Hymn #414: Incarnate God, Immortal Love

Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) wrote a long poem, "In Memoriam," as a tribute to his deceased friend, Arthur Hallam.  Although Hallam died in 1833, Tennyson did not publish the poem until 1850, when he has recently married and come to terms with his grief.  The hymn is from the poem's prologue.

 

Alfred Tennyson was born at Somerset, England, on August 6, 1809, and vecame one of England's greatest poets, named poet laureate in 1850.  He married at age forty-one and died on October 6, 1892, at Aldworth, England.  Tennyson was affected by melancholy throughout his life.

Edward Miller (1731-1807) adapted this tune in 1790 from a shorter melody called TUNBRIDGE.  It is named ROCKINGHAM for Miller's patron and friend, the Marquis of Rockingham, who was prime minister for two terms.  The tune was called MAYHEW in collections by Lowell Mason.

 

Edward Miller edited The Psalms of David for Use of Parish Church (1790), the source of this tune and one of the most successful hymn collections printed in England.  Miller served as organist at Doncaster Parish Church for fifty-one years and was also an accomplished player on the flute and harpsichord.