ST. BRIDE

ST. BRIDE

Composer: Samuel Howard (1762)
Published in 50 hymnals


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Composer: Samuel Howard

Howard, Samuel (1710-1782), organist and composer, born in 1710, was a chorister of the Chapel Royal under Dr. William Croft [q.v.] After continuing his musical studies under Pepusch, he became organist of St. Clement Danes, Strand, and St. Bride's, Fleet Street. In 1769 he graduated Mus.Doc. at Cambridge. He died on 13 July 1782, at his house in Norfolk Street, Strand. Howard composed much popular music. His incidental music to the 'Amorous Goddess' was performed at Drury Lane, and published in 1744. His two songs in 'Love in a Village' (1764?), '0 had I been by Fate decreed,' and 'How much superior beauty awes,' were sung by Incledon and Mattocks, and he was part composer of 'Netley Abbey' and 'The Mago and the Dago.' His church music… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Samuel Howard (1762)
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Incipit: 15132 13735 43543
Key: g minor

Texts

Kneeling, Pleading, Waiting

Give to the Winds Thy Fears

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 Jesus, Think on Me

Notes

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

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #410
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #339
Text: And Wilt Thou Pardon, Lord?
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #913
Text: Come, Lord, and Tarry Not
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #1509
Text: Far from My Heavenly Home
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2486
Text: Have Mercy, Lord on Me
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #3889
Text: Lord of the Harvest, Hear
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #4954
Text: Our Heavenly Father, Hear
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #5002
Text: O'erwhelmed in Depths of Woe
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #546
Text: Make Me a Captive, Lord

Instances

Instances (14)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #410AudioScore
Common Praise #605
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #271TextImageAudioFlexscore
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #674TextImageAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #666TextImage
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #435
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #242
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #198TextImage
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #286TextImage
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #378TextImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #546TextImageAudioScore
Rejoice in the Lord #149Text
Rejoice in the Lord #442Text
The New Century Hymnal #483Image