NOEL (Sullivan)Adapter: Arthur Sullivan (1874)
Published in 45 hymnals
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|Adapter:||Arthur Sullivan (1874)|
|Incipit:||12321 23432 55345|
|Key:||F Major or modal|
It came upon the midnight clear,
that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth
to touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, good will to men,
from heaven's all-gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay,
to hear the angels sing.
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I will extol you, O my God,
and praise you, O my King;
yes, every day and evermore
your praises I will sing.
Great is the Lord, our mighty God,
and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable,
above all glory raised.
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The tune NOEL (also used at 185) is also known as EARDISLEY or GERARD. Arthur Seymour Sullivan (b Lambeth, London. England. 1842; d. Westminster, London, 1900) adapted this traditional English melody (probably one of the variants of the folk song "Dives and Lazarus"), added phrases of his own to recast the melody in common meter double, and published it first in his Church Hymns with Tunes (1874). In that collection Sullivan set this tune to the Christmas carol "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," which explains one of the tune names.
Though NOEL has frequent changes of harmony, do not sing it too slowly; keep the rhythmic energy moving. Antiphonal performance may highlight the refrain (second half of st. 3 and 5) in this psalm: all sing stanzas 1, 3, and 5; alternate groups sing stanzas 2 and 4. The folk origin of the tune suggests unison singing to most, but Sullivan's harmony will attract some choristers. Either way, this is lively music.
Sullivan was born of an Italian mother and an Irish father who was an army bandmaster and a professor of music. Sullivan entered the Chapel Royal as a chorister in 1854. He was elected as the first Mendelssohn scholar in 1856, when he began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also studied at the Leipzig Conservatory (1858-1861) and in 1866 was appointed professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
Early in his career Sullivan composed oratorios and music for some Shakespeare plays. However, he is best known for writing the music for lyrics by William S. Gilbert, which produced popular operettas such as H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), The Pirates of Penzance (1879), The Mikado (1884), and Yeomen of the Guard (1888). These operettas satirized the court and everyday life in Victorian times.
Although he composed some anthems, in the area of church music Sullivan is best remembered for his hymn tunes, written between 1867 and 1874 and published in The Hymnary (1872) and Church Hymns (1874), both of which he edited. He contributed hymns to A Hymnal Chiefly from The Book of Praise (1867) and to the Presbyterian collection Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867). A complete collection of his hymns and arrangements was published posthumously as Hymn Tunes by Arthur Sullivan (1902). Sullivan steadfastly refused to grant permission to those who wished to make hymn tunes from the popular melodies in his operettas.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (25)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and School #230||It came upon the midnight clear||Noel||1992|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #286||O God in whom all life begins||O God in Whom All Life Begins||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||Arthur Seymour Sullivan||18.104.22.168 D||NOEL||F Major or modal||2010|
|Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #133||Arthur S. Sullivan||22.214.171.124||NOEL||123212343255345||2007|
|Christmas Favorites #48||Calm on the list'ning ear of night||Calm on the Listening Ear of Night||[Calm on the list'ning ear of night]||2000|
|Church Hymnary, Fourth Edition #303||It came upon the midnight clear||Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876)||Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900)||126.96.36.199 D||NOEL||F Major or modal||English||2005|
|Common Praise #141||It came upon the midnight clear||It Came upon the Midnight Clear||Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876)||Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900)||188.8.131.52 D||Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 2:1-20; Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 2:1-20||NOEL||F Major or modal||1998|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #90||It came upon the midnight clear||Edmund H. Sears, 1810-1876||Arthur Seymour Sullivan, 1842-1900||184.108.40.206 D||NOEL||F Major or modal||English||1985|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #245||Praise God for John, evangelist||F. Samuel Janzow, b. 1913||Arthur Seymour Sullivan, 1842-1900||220.127.116.11 D||NOEL||F Major||English||1985|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #432||God is our refuge and our strength||God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength||Arthur S. Sullivan||18.104.22.168 D||Psalm 46||GERARD (NOEL)||F Major or modal||2013|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #561||I will extol you, O my God||I Will Extol You, O My God||Arthur S. Sullivan||22.214.171.124 D||Psalm 145||GERARD (NOEL)||F Major or modal||2013|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #46A||God is our refuge and our strength||God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength||Arthur S. Sullivan||126.96.36.199 D||Psalm 46||NOEL (GERARD)||F Major or modal||2012|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #145E||I will extol you, O my God||I Will Extol You, O My God||Arthur S. Sullivan||188.8.131.52 D||NOEL (GERARD)||F Major or modal||2012|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #46||God is our refuge and our strength||God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength||Arthur S. Sullivan||184.108.40.206 D||Psalm 46||NOEL||F Major||English||1987|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #185||I will extol you, O my God||I Will Extol You, O My God||Arthur S. Sullivan||220.127.116.11 D||Psalm 145:1-8||NOEL||F Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #160||From noon of joy to night of doubt||From Noon of Joy to Night of Doubt||John Campbell Shairp||Arthur Sullivan||18.104.22.168 D||NOEL||F Major||English||1985|
|Rejoice in the Lord #490||O Christ, our Savior, who must reign||O Christ, Our Savior, Who Must Reign||Francis Bland Tucker||Arthur S. Sullivan||22.214.171.124 D||Ephesians 4; Ephesians 3; Luke 2:14; Ephesians 3:17; Ephesians 4:13||NOEL||F Major||English||1985|
|Singing the New Testament #14||See Christ, who on the river's shore||See Christ, Who on the River's Shore||Christopher Idle||Arthur S. Sullivan||126.96.36.199 D||Mark 1:9-13; John 1:29-34; Luke 3:21-22; Matthew 3:13 - 4:11||NOEL||F Major or modal||English||2008|
|The New Century Hymnal #401||O God in whom all life begins||O God in Whom All Life Begins||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||Arthur S. Sullivan||188.8.131.52 D||NOEL||F Major or modal||1995|
|The Worshiping Church #643||I know not where the road will lead||I Know Not Where the Road Will Lead||Evelyn Atwater Cummins||Arthur S. Sullivan||184.108.40.206 D||Numbers 20:17; Job 23:10; Isaiah 35:8; Revelation 22:5||NOEL||F Major||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal #626||O Lord, by grace delivered||O Lord, by Grace Delivered||Arthur S. Sullivan||220.127.116.11 D||Psalm 30||NOEL||F Major||English||1990|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #185||You tell me that the Lord is risen||You Tell Me That the Lord Is Risen||Rob Johns||Arthur Seymour Sullivan||18.104.22.168 D||NOËL||F Major||1996|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #507||Today we all are called to be||Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples||H. Kenn Carmichael||Arthur Seymour Sullivan||22.214.171.124 D||NOËL||F Major||English||1996|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #770a||The God of Jacob is for us a refuge strong and save||Psalm 46||Arthur S. Sullivan||Psalm 46||[The God of Jacob is for us a refuge strong and sure]||F Major or modal||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #172||For ages women hoped and prayed||For Ages Women Hoped and Prayed||Jane Parker Huber, 1926-||Arthur S. Sullivan, 1842-1900||126.96.36.199 D||John 1:14; Psalm 97:1; Luke 1:46-55; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14||NOEL||F Major or modal||2001|
|Worship and Rejoice #388||O God in whom all life begins||O God in Whom All Life Begins||Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1944-||Arthur S. Sullivan, 1842-1900||188.8.131.52 D||Isaiah 55:10; Ephesians 5:19-20; 1 Corinthians 12:24-26; Psalm 139:13-14; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 12:24; 1 John 3:18; Genesis 2:7; Galatians 5:22-24; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; James 1:22-25; Genesis 1:1; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; John 1:1-3; Colossians 3:16-17; Genesis 1:11; 1 Corinthians 14:26-28||NOEL||F Major or modal||2001|