ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR (Elvey)

Composer: George J. Elvey

Sir George Job Elvey (1816–1893), English organist and composer, was born at Canterbury on the 27th of March 1816. He was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral under Highmore Skeats, the organist. Subsequently he became a pupil of his elder brother, Stephen, and then studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Cipriani Potter and Dr Crotch. In 1834 he gained the Gresham prize medal for his anthem, "Bow down thine ear," and in 1835 was appointed organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, a post he filled for 47 years, retiring in 1882. He took the degree of Mus.B. of the University of Oxford in June 1838, having matriculated at New College the previous month and in 1840 that of Mus. D. Anthems of his were commissioned for the Three Choirs… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: George J. Elvey (1856)
Meter: 7.7.7.7 D
Incipit: 33531 23335 31233
Key: G Major or modal

Texts

Come, ye thankful people, come

Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide
for our wants to be supplied;
come to God's own temple, come,
raise the song of harvest home.
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Notes

George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1858). The tune has been associated with Alford's text since publication of the hymn in the 1861 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern. ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR is named after the chapel in Windsor, England, where Elvey was organist for forty-seven years.

This serviceable Victorian tune is held together by the rhythmic motive of the opening phrase. Sing the opening stanzas in parts, but sing the prayer of stanza 4 in unison. Use of the descant by C. S. Lang (PHH 253) with stanza 4 may suggest a foretaste of heaven's glory.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #637
Text: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #233
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #847
Text: Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Leeson)
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The Cyber Hymnal #1025
Text: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
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The Cyber Hymnal #1137
Text: Change Your Church, O God, to Be
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The Cyber Hymnal #2020
Text: Great and Fair Is She
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The Cyber Hymnal #2161
Text: Hark! the Song of Jubilee
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The Cyber Hymnal #6141
Text: Sweetest Joy the Soul Can Know
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The Cyber Hymnal #6248
Text: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
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The Cyber Hymnal #6326
Text: Swell the Anthem, Raise the Song
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The Cyber Hymnal #6855
Text: Thou, O Lord, Art God Alone
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #527
Text: Come, You Thankful People, Come
The United Methodist Hymnal #694
Text: Come, Ye Thankful People Come
Worship and Rejoice #243
Text: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
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Worship and Rejoice #721
Text: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Instances

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A New Hymnal for Colleges and School #70
African American Heritage Hymnal #194Image
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #637TextImageAudioScore
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #636TextImage
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #372Image
Celebration Hymnal #797TextImage
Chalice Hymnal #718Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #233AudioScore
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #82Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #613Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #617Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #233Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #411Text
Common Praise #262Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #461Text
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #693Image
Gather (3rd ed.) #634Image
Gather Comprehensive #564Text
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #552
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #367TextImageAudioFlexscore
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #290TextImage
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #98b
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #284
Hymns of Faith #543TextImage
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #38
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #481
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #388Image
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #473ImageAudio
Lutheran Service Book #394Text
Lutheran Service Book #892Text
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #551TextImage
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #65EImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #527TextImageAudioScore
Rejoice in the Lord #18Text
Rejoice in the Lord #601Text
Revival Hymns and Choruses #136
Sing Joyfully #588TextImage
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #607
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #654
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #559
The New Century Hymnal #422Image
The United Methodist Hymnal #694TextImageAudioScore
The Worshiping Church #190TextImage
The Worshiping Church #381TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #420TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #715TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #516Text
Worship and Rejoice #243TextImageAudioScore
Worship and Rejoice #721TextImageAudioScore
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #42