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
|Scripture||First Line||Instances (12)||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Genesis 14:18||Behold the eternal King and Priest||Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #397b||unknown||S. Webbe the elder (1740-1816)||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||1987|
|Genesis 17:7; Matthew 19:13-15; Luke 18:15-17; Matthew 19:15; Luke 18:17||O God, great Father, Lord and King||Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #274||O God, Great Father, Lord and King||E. Embree Hoss||Samuel Webbe||188.8.131.52||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||1987|
|Genesis 17:7; Psalm 119:133-135; Mark 10:13-16; Titus 3:5||O God, great Father, Lord and King||Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #801||O God, Great Father, Lord and King||E. Embree Hoss||Samuel Webbe||184.108.40.206||MELCOMBE||D Major||2013|
|Psalm 5:3-4||Lord, as I wake I turn to you||Rejoice in the Lord #74||Lord, as I Wake I Turn to You||Brian Foley||Samuel Webbe||220.127.116.11||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||1985|
|Psalm 92; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Psalm 92; 1 Peter 4:1-8||New every morning is the love||Common Praise #7||New Every Morning Is the Love||John Keble (1792-1866)||Samuel Webbe the elder (1740-1816)||18.104.22.168||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||1998|
|Psalm 112||How blest are those who fear the LORD||Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #112A||How Blest Are Those Who Fear the LORD||Samuel Webbe||22.214.171.124||MELCOMBE||D Major||English||2012|
|Psalm 112||How blest are those who fear the LORD||Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #112||How Blest Are Those Who Fear the LORD||Samuel Webbe||126.96.36.199||MELCOMBE||D Major||English||1987|
|Psalm 112||How blest are those who fear the LORD||Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #301||How Blest Are Those Who Fear the LORD||Samuel Webbe||188.8.131.52||MELCOMBE||D Major||2013|
|Lamentations 2:22-23||New every morning is the love||Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #270||J. Keble (1792-1866)||S. Webbe the elder (1740-1816)||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||1987|
|Matthew 19:5; Song of Solomon 2:4; Song of Solomon 8:6; 1 Corinthians 13:13||Surprised by joy no song can tell||Rejoice in the Lord #519||Surprised by Joy||Erik Routley||Samuel Webbe||184.108.40.206||MELCOMBE (O SALUTARIS)||D Major||English||1985|
|Luke 11:35; Lamentations 3:23; Genesis 22:8||New every morning is the love||Rejoice in the Lord #73||New Every Morning Is the Love||John Keble||Samuel Webbe||220.127.116.11||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||1985|
|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||New every morning is the love||Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #214b||John Keble (1792-1866)||Samuel Webbe, the elder (1740-1816)||18.104.22.168||MELCOMBE||E Flat Major||English||2005|