MANOAHComposer: Henry W. Greatorex; Ascribed to: Franz Joseph Haydn; Composer: Gioacchino A. Rossini (1851, arr.)
Published in 56 hymnals
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|Composer:||Gioacchino A. Rossini (1851, arr.)|
|Composer:||Henry W. Greatorex|
|Ascribed to:||Franz Joseph Haydn|
|Incipit:||12321 77662 34321|
|Key:||F Major or modal|
|Source:||H. W. Greatorex's Collection,1851|
[Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme,
And speak some boundless thing;
The mighty works, or mightier name,
Of our eternal King.
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Walk in the light: so shalt thou know
That fellowship of love
His Spirit only can bestow,
Who reigns in light above.
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MANOAH was first published in Henry W. Greatorex's Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1851). This anthology (later editions had alternate titles) contained one of the best tune collections of its era and included thirty-seven original compositions and arrangements by compiler Greatorex as well as melodies by his father, Thomas, and grandfather Anthony. Because no other source has been traced, it is believed that Greatorex composed MANOAH.
Greatorex (b. Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, 1813; d. Charleston, SC, 1858) received his early music training from his father, who was organist at Westminster Abbey. After moving to the United States in 1839, he served as organist at the Center Congregational Church and at St. John's Church, both in Hartford, Connecticut. He accepted the position of organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church around 1846 and later became organist and choirmaster of the Calvary Episcopal Church, both in New York City. His final musical position was at the Episcopal Church in Charleston.
The composer gave arbitrary names to his tunes: Manoah was the father of Samson in the Old Testament. This well-crafted common-meter tune features some repetition of melodic motives and a harmonization that invites part singing. Sing in harmony in two long lines rather than four short phrases. Use moderate organ accompaniment at first, but make sure it swells for stanza 4.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (15)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #414||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire||John Chandler||Henry W. Greatorex||220.127.116.11||Colossians 1:27||MANOAH||F Major||1991|
|Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #565||Henry W. Greatorex; Franz Joseph Haydn; George Holden; Gioacchinno A. Rossini||18.104.22.168||MANOAH||123217766234321||2007|
|Hinário para o Culto Cristão #524||Fiel, eterno e santo amor||Fiel, Eterno e Santo Amor||João Soares da Fonseca; James Montgomery||American sacred melody||MANOAH||F Major||1991|
|Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #2||Met in thy sacred name, O Lord, To worship thee below||MANOAH||1982|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #828||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire||John Chandler, 1806-1876||22.214.171.124||1 Peter 1:8; 1 Peter 2:24||MANOAH||F Major or modal||2013|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #485||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire||John Chandler||126.96.36.199||1 Peter 1:8; 1 Peter 1||MANOAH||F Major||English||1987|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #17||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme, And speak some boundless thing||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Isaac Watts||188.8.131.52||MANOAH||G Major||English||1982|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #201||According to Thy gracious word||According to Thy Gracious Word||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||MANOAH||F Major||English||1982|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #315||O, for a closer walk with God! A calm and heavenly frame||MANOAH||1985|
|Sing Joyfully #109||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Isaac Watts||Henry W. Greatorex||[Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme]||F Major||English||1989|
|Songs for Suffering Saints: Thirty-two original hymns set to existing tunes #7||How beautiful the mystery||Eric Schumacher||Manoah||2004|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #30||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Manoah||2006|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #70||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Isaac Watts||184.108.40.206||MANOAH||G Major or modal||1986|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #321||According to Thy gracious word||According to Thy Gracious Word||James Montgomery||220.127.116.11||MANOAH||F Major or modal||1986|
|Trinity Hymnal #56||When all your mercies, O my God||When All Your Mercies, O My God||Joseph Addison||18.104.22.168||Psalm 23:6||MANOAH||G Major||English||1990|