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

Texts

God Is Here

Lord, You Give the Great Commission

Lord, you give the great commission:
"Heal the sick and preach the Word."
Lest the church neglect its mission
and the gospel go unheard,
help us witness to your purpose
with renewed integrity;

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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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Worship and Rejoice #536
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