Hymn Notes

Weekly Hymn Notes

Learn about the origin of  hymns, lyrics, and melodies, and other music that will be used during Sunday worship service. Contact Don De Bruin, Director of Music Ministries for more information at 608.233.9751.

Hymn Notes for May 16, 2021

From The New Century Hymnal Companion, Copyright 1998, The Pilgrim Press.

#52 There Is a Name I Love to Hear (O How I Love Jesus)

Frederick Whitfield (1829-1904) wrote the stanzas of this hymn in 1855, and it was first distributed in leaflets in Great Britain.  Whitfield later published the words, without the refrain, in his Sacred Poems and Prose (1861), and it appeared in the United States as early as 1864.

Frederick Whitfield was a priest in the Church of England.  He served as curate at Otley, vicar at Kirby-Ravensworth, senior curate at Greenwich, and vicar at St. John’s Bexley and then St. Mary’s Church, Hastings, England.  Whitfield published over thirty volumes of poetry and prose.

This hymn’s tune is thought by some to be a traditional English melody.  Most scholars, however, recognize in it the lilting simplicity typical of nineteenth-century camp-meeting songs of the United States.  The tune is named O HOW I LOVE JESUS after the words of the refrain.

The refrain of this hymn has been found with numerous texts by other hymnwriters such as Isaac Watts and John Wesley dating from the 1860s.  Hymnologist Ellen Jane Lorenz claims it was related to four different camp-meeting tunes of similar meter.

#209 O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free

This anonymous fifteenth-century Latin hymn is not the work of Thomas a Kempis, as was once assumed.  The poem on the incarnation from which this text was taken consisted of twenty-three stanzas.  The translation begins with the original second stanza, "O amor quam exstaticus."

 

This text appears in a new translation developed for The New Century Hymnal as an alternative to an earlier one by Benjamin Webb.  In the only surviving manuscript of the original Latin text, it is a Nativity hymn of great piety.

This anonymous tune is known by two names.  It received the name AGINCOURT because the melody was a folk song recounting King Henry V's victory at Agincourt in 1415.  However, Henry ordered that this secular song not be sung and that God receive the thanks and praise; hence the second title DEO GRACIAS.

 

This folk tune, DEO GRACIAS, dates from the first half of the fifteenth century in manuscripts now at Trinity College, Cambridge.  It was a ballad commemorating King Henry V's victory over the French, and it has made the transition from a secular to a sacred song.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#52 There Is a Name I Love to Hear (O How I Love Jesus) May 16, 2021
#209 O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free May 16, 2021
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty May 9, 2021
#396 Where Charity and Love Prevail May 9, 2021
#357 You Are Called to Tell the Story May 2, 2021
#575 O for a World May 2, 2021
#569 Touch the Earth Lightly April 25, 2021
#559 Thank You, God April 25, 2021
#238 Now the Green Blade Rises April 18, 2021
#313 Like a Tree beside the Waters April 18, 2021
#241 Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day April 11, 2021
#292 Breathe on Me, Breath of God April 11, 2021
#249 Peace I Leave with You, My Friends April 11, 2021
#237 I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden) April 4, 2021
#198 Lift High the Cross April 4, 2021
#222 My Song Is Love Unknown April 3, 2021
#213 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna March 28, 2021
#451 Be Now My Vision March 21, 2021
#25 O God, Our Help in Ages Past March 14, 2021
#401 O God in Whom All Life Begins March 7, 2021
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered February 17, 2021
#320 Deep in the Shadows of the Past February 14, 2021
#588 Let Justice Flow like Streams February 14, 2021
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty February 7, 2021
#534 O God of Strength February 7, 2021
#166 Immortal Love, Forever Full January 31, 2021
#291 O God the Creator January 31, 2021
#43 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling January 24, 2021
#531 God, Speak to Me, That I May Speak January 24, 2021
#576 For the Healing of the Nations January 17, 2021
#593 Lift Every Voice and Sing January 17, 2021
#170 Your Ways Are Not Our Own January 10, 2021
#328 Wonder of Wonders, Here Revealed January 10, 2021
#154 Go Tell It on the Mountain January 3, 2021
#584 I Am the Light of the World January 3, 2021
#143 On Christmas Night All Christians Sing December 27, 2020
#164 Arise, Your Light Is Come December 27, 2020
#132 Joy to the World! December 24, 2020
#128 In the Bleak Midwinter December 24, 2020
#126 Angels, from the Realms of Glory December 24, 2020
#131 It Came upon the Midnight Clear December 24, 2020
#127 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming December 24, 2020
#145 Once in Royal David's City December 24, 2020
#130 From Heaven unto Earth I Come December 24, 2020
#144 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing December 24, 2020
#135 Adeste Fideles (O Come, All You Faithful) December 24, 2020
#134 Silent Night, Holy Night December 24, 2020
#110 Now Bless the God of Israel December 20, 2020
#109 With Joy Draw Water December 20, 2020
#119 My Soul Gives Glory to My God December 13, 2020

Hymns by Date

Service Date
May 16, 2021
May 9, 2021
May 2, 2021
April 25, 2021
April 18, 2021
April 11, 2021
April 4, 2021
April 3, 2021 Hymn #222: My Song Is Love Unknown
March 28, 2021 Hymn #213: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
March 21, 2021 Hymn #451: Be Now My Vision
March 14, 2021 Hymn #25: O God, Our Help in Ages Past
March 7, 2021 Hymn #401: O God in Whom All Life Begins
February 17, 2021 Hymn #202: O God, How We Have Wandered
February 14, 2021
February 7, 2021
January 31, 2021
January 24, 2021
January 17, 2021
January 10, 2021
January 3, 2021
December 27, 2020
December 24, 2020
December 20, 2020
December 13, 2020
December 6, 2020
November 29, 2020
November 22, 2020
November 15, 2020
November 8, 2020
November 1, 2020
October 25, 2020
October 18, 2020
October 11, 2020
October 4, 2020
September 27, 2020
September 20, 2020
September 13, 2020
September 6, 2020
August 30, 2020
August 23, 2020
August 16, 2020
August 9, 2020
August 2, 2020
July 26, 2020
July 19, 2020
July 12, 2020
July 5, 2020
June 28, 2020
June 21, 2020
June 14, 2020
June 7, 2020 Hymn #570: We Shall Overcome
May 31, 2020
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