MELCOMBE (Webbe)Composer: Samuel Webbe (1782)
Published in 96 hymnals
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|Composer:||Samuel Webbe (1782)|
|Incipit:||55432 16551 76554|
New every morning is the love
Our wakening and uprising prove;
Through sleep and darkness safely brought,
Restored to life, and power, and thought
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O Spirit of the living God!
In all Thy plenitude of grace,
Where'er the foot of man hath trod,
Descend on our apostate race.
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MELCOMBE was first used as an anonymous chant tune (with figured bass) in the Roman Catholic Mass and was published in 1782 in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant. It was first ascribed to Samuel Webbe (the elder; b. London, England, 1740; d. London, 1816) and named MELCOMBE in Ralph Harrison's Sacred Harmony (1791), the first of many Protestant hymnals to contain this popular Roman Catholic tune. The tune title refers to Melcombe Regis, the northern part of Weymouth in Dorsetshire, England, made famous through frequent visits by King George III (1738-1820).
Webbe's father died soon after Samuel was born without providing financial security for the family. Thus Webbe received little education and was apprenticed to a cabinet maker at the age of eleven. However, he was determined to study and taught himself Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, German, and Italian while working on his apprenticeship. He also worked as a music copyist and received musical training from Carl Barbant, organist at the Bavarian Embassy. Restricted at this time in England, Roman Catholic worship was freely permitted in the foreign embassies. Because Webbe was Roman Catholic, he became organist at the Portuguese Chapel and later at the Sardinian and Spanish chapels in their respective embassies. He wrote much music for Roman Catholic services and composed hymn tunes, motets, and madrigals.
Webbe is considered an outstanding composer of glees and catches, as is evident in his nine published collections of these smaller choral works. He also published A Collection of Sacred Music (c. 1790), A Collection of Masses for Small Choirs (1792), and, with his son Samuel (the younger), Antiphons in Six Books of Anthems (1818).
MELCOMBE has a steady rhythmic structure and a lot of stepwise intervals. The original setting had one dotted rhythm in the third phrase, which is deleted in many hymnals, including the Psalter Hymnal. The harmony borrows from Webbe's original bass line and from William H. Monk's (PHH 332) harmonization of MELCOMBE for Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861). Sing this tune in two long lines, with a small pause at the end of the first to allow a breath before singing the second.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (17)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #590||Samuel Webbe||18.104.22.168||ST. PHILIPS||554321655176554||2007|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #214b||New every morning is the love||John Keble (1792-1866)||Samuel Webbe, the elder (1740-1816)||22.214.171.124||1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:23; Ephesians 1:16-19; Lamentations 3:22-23; Luke 9:23; Mark 8:34; Matthew 16:24; Psalm 3:5; Psalm 4:8||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||2005|
|Common Praise #7||New every morning is the love||New Every Morning Is the Love||John Keble (1792-1866)||Samuel Webbe the elder (1740-1816)||126.96.36.199||Psalm 92; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Psalm 92; 1 Peter 4:1-8||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||1998|
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #6a||New every morning is the love||John Keble, 1792-1866||Samuel Webbe the elder, 1740-1816||188.8.131.52||MELCOMBE||D Major||English||2000|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #531||O Spirit of the living God||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||Samuel Webbe, 1740-1816||184.108.40.206||MELCOMBE||D Major||English||1985|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #270||New every morning is the love||J. Keble (1792-1866)||S. Webbe the elder (1740-1816)||Lamentations 2:22-23||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||1987|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #318||We give God thanks for those who knew||Michael Perry (born 1942)||S. Webbe the elder (1740-1816)||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||1987|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #397b||Behold the eternal King and Priest||unknown||S. Webbe the elder (1740-1816)||Genesis 14:18||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||1987|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #301||How blest are those who fear the LORD||How Blest Are Those Who Fear the LORD||Samuel Webbe||220.127.116.11||Psalm 112||MELCOMBE||D Major||2013|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #801||O God, great Father, Lord and King||O God, Great Father, Lord and King||E. Embree Hoss||Samuel Webbe||18.104.22.168||Genesis 17:7; Psalm 119:133-135; Mark 10:13-16; Titus 3:5||MELCOMBE||D Major||2013|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #112A||How blest are those who fear the LORD||How Blest Are Those Who Fear the LORD||Samuel Webbe||22.214.171.124||Psalm 112||MELCOMBE||D Major||English||2012|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #112||How blest are those who fear the LORD||How Blest Are Those Who Fear the LORD||Samuel Webbe||126.96.36.199||Psalm 112||MELCOMBE||D Major||English||1987|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #274||O God, great Father, Lord and King||O God, Great Father, Lord and King||E. Embree Hoss||Samuel Webbe||188.8.131.52||Genesis 17:7; Matthew 19:13-15; Luke 18:15-17; Matthew 19:15; Luke 18:17||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #73||New every morning is the love||New Every Morning Is the Love||John Keble||Samuel Webbe||184.108.40.206||Luke 11:35; Lamentations 3:23; Genesis 22:8||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||1985|
|Rejoice in the Lord #74||Lord, as I wake I turn to you||Lord, as I Wake I Turn to You||Brian Foley||Samuel Webbe||220.127.116.11||Psalm 5:3-4||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||1985|
|Rejoice in the Lord #519||Surprised by joy no song can tell||Surprised by Joy||Erik Routley||Samuel Webbe||18.104.22.168||Matthew 19:5; Song of Solomon 2:4; Song of Solomon 8:6; 1 Corinthians 13:13||MELCOMBE (O SALUTARIS)||D Major||English||1985|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #405||New every morning is the love||New Every Morning||John Keble||Samuel Webbe||22.214.171.124||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||1996|