ABBOT'S LEIGH

Composer: Cyril Taylor

Cyril Vincent Taylor (1907-1991) was born in Wigan, Lancaster, England, the son of a Church of England priest. A student at Christ Church, Oxford, he was ordained in the Church of England and precentor of Bristol Cathedral and later Salisbury Cathedral. During World War II, he was BBC's producer of Religious Broadcasting and, while stationed in Abbot's Leigh, he composed his famous hymn tune of the same name. ABBOT'S LEIGH is generally regarded as the "Rule Britannia" of hymn tunes. In 1953, when the Royal School of Church Music moved from Canterbury to Addington Place, he became its first Warden. For many years he served as a proprietor of Hymns Ancient & Modern, playing a major editorial role in compiling two supplements and The New Stand… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Cyril Taylor (1941)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Incipit: 53111 76655 34565
Key: C Major
Copyright: Copyright © 1942. Renewal 1970 by Hope Publishing Company

Notes

Cyril V. Taylor (PHH 286) composed ABBOT'S LEIGH in May of 1941 when he was working for the Religious Broadcasting Department of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The BBC had received complaints about the use of AUSTRIA (tune for the Austrian national hymn) during this time of war, a tune then set to "Glorious Things of You Are Spoken" (506). Thus Taylor originally composed his tune for that text. First printed in a leaflet, ABBOT'S LEIGH was published in Hymns Ancient and Modern Revised (1950), Congregational Praise (1951), and the BBC Hymn Book (1951), of which Taylor was editor. No modern hymnal would want to omit this great twentieth-century tune! ABBOT'S LEIGH is named for a village near Bristol, England, where Taylor composed the tune (Bristol was wartime headquarters for the BBC).

This dramatic tune with bold melodic gestures and a bar form shape (AAB) is suitable for unison or harmony singing. Use strong accompaniment with a stately tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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The Cyber Hymnal #4116
Text: Lord, We Thank Thee for the Pleasure
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The Cyber Hymnal #4121
Text: Lord, You Give the Great Commission
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Worship and Rejoice #1
Text: God Is Here!
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Worship and Rejoice #536
Text: Through the Darkness of the Ages
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Worship and Rejoice #548
Text: Come, Great God of All the Ages
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Worship and Rejoice #592
Text: Lord, You Give the Great Commission
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Instances

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #315
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #630
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #641aText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #644Text
Catholic Book of Worship III #559
Catholic Book of Worship III #560
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #5TextPage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #298Page Scan
Chalice Hymnal #280Text
Chalice Hymnal #459TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: supplement #774Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #615
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #642Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #682
Common Praise (1998) #273TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #428Page Scan
Common Praise (1998) #433TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #418
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #435a
Community of Christ Sings #70
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #526TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #579TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #688
Gather (3rd ed.) #544Page Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #843Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #456
Gather Comprehensive #741TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #466Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #737Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #298Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #309Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #409Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #379
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #511
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #523TextPage Scan
Hymnal Supplement II #19
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #486
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #542
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #494bText
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #172
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #666
Iona Abbey Music Book: songs from the Iona Abbey Worship Book #46
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #252TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #646TextPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #463TextPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #564TextPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #617TextPage Scan
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #645Page Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #132
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Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #429TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #461TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #523Text InfoTune InfoTextAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #393TextPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #424Text
Renew! #5TextPage Scan
Renew! #305TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #61
Sing! A New Creation #126TextAudioPage Scan
Singing the Faith #410
Singing the New Testament #233
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #22aText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #28bText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #41bText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #77cText
The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #5
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #516
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #695
The Cyber Hymnal #4116TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4121TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #70TextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #185
The United Methodist Hymnal #584TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #660TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #4
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #5Text
The Worshiping Church #70Page Scan
The Worshiping Church #715TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #153
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #30eText
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #31eText
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #104TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #260
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #443
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #512Text
With One Voice #719Text
With One Voice #756Text
Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #780Text
Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #782Text
Worship and Rejoice #1TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #536TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #548TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #592TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #470
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