FOREST GREEN

Adapter and Harmonist: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams; OM 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song: this activity both influenced his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, beginning in 1904, in which he included many folk song arrangements set as hymn tunes, and also influenced several of his own original compositions. Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872 in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, where his father, the Reverend Arthur Vaughan Williams (the surname Vaughan Williams is an unhyphenated double-barrelled name of Welsh origin), was vicar. Following his father's death in 1875 he was taken by his mother, Margare… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Adapter and Harmonist: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 8.6.8.6 D
Incipit: 51112 32345 34312
Key: F Major or modal
Source: French carol melody
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

O little town of Bethlehem

All Beautiful the March of Days

I sing th'almighty power of God

We sing the mighty power of God
that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad
and built the lofty skies.
We sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day;
the moon shines full at his command,
and all the stars obey.

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Notes

FOREST GREEN is an English folk tune associated with the ballad "The Ploughboy's Dream." Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) turned FOREST GREEN into a hymn tune for The English Hymnal (1906), using it as a setting for "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

Shaped in rounded bar form (AABA), FOREST GREEN has the cheerful characteristics of folk tunes. Those characteristics help to support the humanness of this text: We are to be the children (folk) of God! Sing in unison or in harmony, but given the tune's many eighth notes, do not rush. Congregations used to certain rhythmic patterns in hymn tunes will be challenged by the new rhythms at the transition from line 3 to line 4; accompanists should give leadership there.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #154
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #89
Text: All Beautiful the March of Days
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #998
Text: Come, Let Us Join Our Friends Above
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3054
Text: I Sing the Mighty Power of God
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4895
Text: O God of Love, Grant Us Your Peace
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5133
Text: O Lord of Life
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5339
Text: O Spirit of the Living God (Tweedy)
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The United Methodist Hymnal #152
Text: I Sing the Almighty Power of God
The United Methodist Hymnal #539
Text: O Spirit of the Living God
The United Methodist Hymnal #709
Text: Come, Let Us Join Our Friends Above
Worship and Rejoice #540
Text: Two Thousand Years Since Bethlehem
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #570
Text: As Saints of Old Their First-fruits Brought
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)

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Songs for Suffering Saints: Thirty-two original hymns set to existing tunes #5
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The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #124
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #473
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The Cyber Hymnal #89TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #998TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #3054TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #4895TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #5133TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #5339TextAudioScore
The New Century Hymnal #110Image
The New Century Hymnal #434Image
The United Methodist Hymnal #152TextImageAudioScore
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The United Methodist Hymnal #709TextImageAudioScore
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The Worshiping Church #154TextImage
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