BROTHER JAMES' AIRComposer: J. L. Macbeth Bain
Published in 25 hymnals
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|Composer:||J. L. Macbeth Bain|
|Incipit:||13515 61543 11711|
|Copyright:||By permission of Oxford University Press.|
How lovely is thy dwelling-place,
O Lord of hosts, to me!
The tabernacles of thy grace
how pleasant, Lord, they be!
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God is my shepherd, I'll not want,
I feed in pastures green.
God grants me rest and bids me drink
from waters calm and clean.
Through daily tasks, I'm blessed and led
by one I have not one seen.
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BROTHER JAMES' AIR was composed by James Leith Macbeth Bain (b. Scotland, c. 1840; d. Liverpool, England, 1925), the healer, mystic, and poet known simply as Brother James. The tune was first published in his volume The great peace: being a New Year's greeting ... (1915). Born in a devout Christian home, Bain came to doubt the faith but later regained a mystical belief with the aid of the Christo Theosophic Society. He founded the Brotherhood of Healers, and he and his fellow healers often sang to their patients during healing sessions. In the latter years of his life he worked among the poor in the slums of Liverpool. He published a book on healing entitled The Brotherhood of Healers ... (1906).
This well-loved tune is in bar form (AAB) with an unusual final phrase that rises to a high tonic cadence. Ideally suited to part singing, the harmonization is adapted from the popular arrangement by Gordon Jacob (b. Norwood, near London, England, 1895; d. Saffron Walden, Essex, England, 1984) published in 1934, which was also titled "Brother James' Air."
Jacob studied at Dulwich College and the Royal College of Music and received his doctorate in music from London University in 1935. He taught composition at the Royal College of Music from 1926 to 1966 and was respected both as a fine teacher and as a composer of orchestral, chamber, and choral music and film scores. Included in his publications are Orchestral Technique (1931) and The Composer and His Art (1960).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (23)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and School #204||How lovely is thy dwelling place||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||Gordon Jacob; James Leith Macbeth Bain (c. 1840-1925)||Psalm 84||Brother James' Air||1992|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #523||How lovely is Thy dwelling place||How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||J. L. MacBeth Bain; Mark Blankenship||Irregular||Psalm 84:1||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||1991|
|Chalice Hymnal #3||The sun is on the sea and shore||The Sun Is on the Sea and Shore||Austin C. Lovelace; Louis F. Benson||J. L. Macbeth Bain||18.104.22.168.8.6||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||1995|
|Chalice Hymnal #79||God is my shepherd, I'll not want||God Is My Shepherd||Lavon Bayler||J. L. Macbeth Bain; Gordon Jacob; Walter W. Felton||22.214.171.124.8.6||Psalm 23||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||1995|
|Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #7||Stephen Hutcheson; James Leith Bain (James MacBeth)||126.96.36.199.4.4.6||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||135156154311711||2007|
|Christian Science Hymnal Supplement: Hymns 430-462 #435||Brood o'er us with Thy shelt'ring wing||LOVE||Mary Baker Eddy||James Leith Macbeth Bain; Robert Rockabrand||188.8.131.52.8.8||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||C Major||135U1D56U1D54311D7U1||2008|
|Christian Worship: supplement #766||The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want||The Lord's My Shepherd||J. L. Macbeth Bain, c. 1840-1925||184.108.40.206.8.6||BROTHER JAMES’ AIR||D Major||2008|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #16||The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want||James Leith Macbeth Bain (1860-1925); John L. Bell (b. 1949)||220.127.116.11||Psalm 23||BROTHER JAMES'S AIR||D Major||2005|
|Common Praise (1998) #498||How lovely is thy dwelling place||How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place||Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1944-||James Leith Macbeth Bain, 1840?-1925; Gordon Jacob, 1895-1984||18.104.22.168.8.6||Psalm 42; Psalm 43; Psalm 63:1-8; Psalm 84; Matthew 5:1-12; Psalm 42; Psalm 43; Psalm 63:1-8; Psalm 84; Matthew 5:1-12||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||1998|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #778||The Lord's my shepherd; I'll not want||James L. Macbeth Bain; Gordon Jacob, 1895-1984||22.214.171.124.8.6||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||C Major||English||2006|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #517||How lovely is thy dwelling place||Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944||J. L. Macbeth Bain, 1840?-1925||126.96.36.199.8.6||Psalm 84||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||English||1985|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #45b||The Lord my shepherd rules my life||Christopher Idle (born 1938)||J. L. MacBeth Bain; John Barnard (born 1948)||Psalm 23||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||1987|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #591b||The Lord’s my shepherd: I’ll not want||W. Whittingham (c. 1524-1579)||J. L. MacBeth Bain (died 1925); John Barnard (born 1948)||Psalm 23||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||1987|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #4A||O God, defender of the poor||O God, Defender of the Poor||Christopher Idle||J. L. Macbeth Bain, ca. 1840-1925; Gordon Jacob, 1895-1984||188.8.131.52.8.6||Psalm 4||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||English||2012|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #23C||The Lord's my shepherd. I'll not want||The Lord's My Shepherd||Federico J. Pagura||J. L. Macbeth Bain, 1840-1925; Gordon Jacob, 1895-1984||184.108.40.206.8.6||Psalm 23||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||English; Spanish; Korean||2012|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #84E||How lovely is thy dwelling place||How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place||Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944||J. L. Macbeth Bain, 1840-1925; Gordon Jacob, 1895-1984||Psalm 84||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||2012|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #161||The LORD's my shepherd; I'll not want||The LORD's My Shepherd||Gordon Jacob; J. L. Macbeth Bain, c. 1840-1925||220.127.116.11.8.6||Psalm 23||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||English||1987|
|Singing the New Testament #67||Tell John his prophecy was true||Tell John His Prophecy Was True||Gracia Grindal||J. L. Macbeth Bain, c. 1840-1925; Gordon Jacob||18.104.22.168.8.6||Luke 4:16-20; John 1:19-23; Matthew 11:1-6||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||English||2008|
|The New Century Hymnal #479||God is my shepherd, I'll not want||God Is My Shepherd||Lavon Bayler||Gordon Jacob; James Leith Macbeth Bain, c. 1840-1925||22.214.171.124.8.6||Psalm 23||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||1995|
|The Worshiping Church #615||The Lord my Shepherd guards me well||The Lord My Shepherd Guards Me Well||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||James L. Bain, 19th C.; Gordon Jacob||126.96.36.199.8.6||John 10:14; Psalm 23||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||C Major||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #86||The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want||The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want||Francis Rous; William Mure||J. L. Macbeth Bain, ca. 1840-1925; Gordon Jacob||188.8.131.52.8.6||Psalm 23||BROTHER JAMES AIR||D Major||English||1990|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #748||God is my shepherd, I'll not want||God Is My Shepherd||Lavon Bayler||James Leith Macbeth Bain; Gordon Jacob; Walter W. Felton||184.108.40.206.8.6||Psalm 23||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||D Major||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #73||The Lord My Shepherd guards me well||The Lord My Shepherd Guards Me Well||Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1944-||Gordon Jacob, 1895-1984; James L. Bain, 1840-1925||220.127.116.11.8.6||John 14:16; Psalm 80:1; John 10:14; Psalm 28:9; Jeremiah 31:10; Psalm 23; Isaiah 43:1-3; Hebrews 13:20; Isaiah 40:11||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||C Major||2001|