KINGSFOLD

Tune Information

Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 32111 73343 45543 17
Key: e minor or modal
Source: English Traditional; English Country Songs, 1893
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

O Sing a Song of Bethlehem

O sing a song of Bethlehem,
of shepherds watching there,
and of the news that came to them
from angels in the air.
The light that shone on Bethlehem
fills all the world today;
of Jesus' birth and peace on earth
the angels sing alway.

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I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Notes

Thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages, KINGSFOLD is a folk tune set to a variety of texts in England and Ireland. The tune was published in English Country Songs (1893), an anthology compiled by Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland. After having heard the tune in Kingsfold, Sussex, England (thus its name), Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) introduced it as a hymn tune in The English Hymnal (1906) as a setting for Horatius Bonar's "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say" (488).

Shaped in classic rounded bar form (AABA), KINGSFOLD has modal character and is both dignified and strong. It is well suited to either unison or harmony singing. Use bright organ tone. Try playing on two manuals and pedal on the middle stanzas.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

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The Cyber Hymnal #2776
Text: I Feel the Winds of God Today
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Text: O Jesus, Crowned with All Renown
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The Cyber Hymnal #5042
Text: O King of Glory! David's Son!
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The Cyber Hymnal #5327
Text: O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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Text: 'Twas in the Watches of the Night
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Text: When Jesus Left His Father's Throne
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The United Methodist Hymnal #179
Text: O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
The United Methodist Hymnal #606
Text: Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine
Worship and Rejoice #242
Text: O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
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Text: To Mock Your Reign
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
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Worship and Rejoice #346
Text: O Come to Me, the Master Said
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Worship and Rejoice #434
Text: If Christ Had Not Been Raised from Death
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