As Moses Raised the Serpent Up

Versifier: Marie J. Post

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First Line: As Moses raised the serpent up
Title: As Moses Raised the Serpent Up
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1985)
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications


Scripture References:
st. 1 = John 3:14-15
st. 2 =John 3:16
st. 3 = John 3:17
st. 4 = John 3:16

John 3:14-17, part of Jesus' nighttime discourse with Nicodemus, forms the basis of this song and includes that famous profession of faith "God so loved the world. . . ," one of the best-known and most frequently memorized verses in the entire Bible. In this setting that profession is used virtually as a refrain but is numbered as stanzas 2 and 4 for emphasis. Marie J. Post (PHH 5) prepared the versification in 1985 for use with the tune O WALY WALY in the Psalter Hymnal. She said this versification was one of her easiest assignments: “The lines simply fell into the music!”

Liturgical Use:
During the Lord's Supper; as a response to the preached Word; as a communal confession of faith, possibly in an evangelistic setting.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



O WALY WALY is a traditional English melody associated with the song "O Waly, Waly, gin love be bony," the words of which date back at least to Ramsay's Tea Table Miscellany (1724-1732), and as the setting for a folk ballad about Jamie Douglas. It is also well known in the Appalachian region of the…

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MORNING SONG is a folk tune that has some resemblance to the traditional English tune for "Old King Cole." The tune appeared anonymously in Part II of John Wyeth's (PHH 486) Repository of Sacred Music (1813). In 1816 it was credited to "Mr. Dean," which some scholars believe was a misprinted referen…

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