ST. BRIDEComposer: Samuel Howard (1762)
Published in 39 hymnals
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|Composer:||Samuel Howard (1762)|
|Incipit:||15132 13735 43543|
Give to the winds thy fears,
Hope and be undismayed,
God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears,
God shall lift up thy head.
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Lord Jesu, think on me;
And this poor offering,
Which I do humbly weave for Thee,
Accept, O Christ, my King.
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Samuel Howard (b. London, England, 1710; d. London, 1782) composed ST. BRIDE as a setting for Psalm 130 in William Riley's London psalter, Parochial Harmony (1762). The melody originally began with "gathering" notes at the beginning of each phrase. The tune's title is a contraction of St. Bridget, the London church on Fleet Street where Howard was organist (the church was destroyed in an air raid in 1940).
Howard was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and later sang tenor in a chorus for Georg Friederich Handel. But his main career was as an organist: he held concurrent organist positions at St. Bride, Fleet Street (1736-1782), and St. Clement Dane, The Strand (1769-1782). A composer of many songs, cantatas, and theater music, Howard assisted William Boyce (PHH 553) in the compiling of Cathedral Music (1760-1773). His church music includes a number of anthems and hymn tunes.
Erik Routley (PHH 31) described ST. BRIDE as "one of the best short-meter tunes available" because of the "girder-like effect of the long downward scale contrasting with the arch-like shape of the other three phrases" (The Music of Christian Hymns, p. 71). The tune is constructed with a sensitive balance of melodic steps and leaps. Sing in harmony at a deliberate pace that permits consideration of the literary device in the text.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (10)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #410||Samuel Howard||184.108.40.206||ST. BRIDE||151321373543543||2007|
|Common Praise #605||Have mercy, Lord, on us||Have Mercy, Lord, on Us||Nahum Tate, 1652-1715; Nicholas Brady, 1659-1726||Samuel Howard, 1710-1782||220.127.116.11||Psalm 51; Psalm 51; Psalm 56; Psalm 70; Joel 2:1-2; Mark 7:1-8; Mark 7:14-15; Mark 7:21-23; 1 John 1:1 - 2:2; Psalm 51; Psalm 56; Psalm 70; Joel 2:1-2; Mark 7:1-8; Mark 7:14-15; Mark 7:21-23; 1 John 1:1 - 2:2||ST. BRIDE||g minor||1998|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #666||Out of the depths I call||Samuel Howard, 1710-1782||18.104.22.168||Psalm 130||ST. BRIDE||g minor||English||1985|
|Presbyterian Hymnal #198||O God, You are my God||O God, You Are My God||Christopher L. Webber||Samuel Howard||22.214.171.124||Psalm 63||ST. BRIDE||g minor||English||1990|
|Presbyterian Hymnal #286||Give to the winds thy fears||Give to the Winds Thy Fears||Paul Gerhardt; John Wesley||Samuel Howard||126.96.36.199||Psalm 37:5-7; Psalm 56||ST. BRIDE||g minor||English||1990|
|Presbyterian Hymnal #378||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me A Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Samuel Howard; David Evans||188.8.131.52||ST. BRIDE||B Flat Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #546||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me a Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Samuel Howard||184.108.40.206||Romans 6:18-22; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Philippians 4:13; Philippians 4; Romans 6:20; 2 Corinthians 12:10||ST. BRIDE||g minor||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #149||Give to the winds thy fears||Give to the Winds Thy Fears||John Wesley; Paul Gerhardt||Samuel Howard||220.127.116.11||Psalm 30:5; Psalm 56:8; Isaiah 55:8||ST. BRIDE||f sharp minor||English||1985|
|Rejoice in the Lord #442||Make me a captive, Lord||Make Me a Captive, Lord||George Matheson||Samuel Howard||18.104.22.168||ST. BRIDE||g minor||English||1985|
|The New Century Hymnal #483||Out of the depths I call||Out of the Depths I Call||Samuel Howard||22.214.171.124||Psalm 130||ST. BRIDE||g minor||1995|