WARRINGTONComposer: Ralph Harrison (1784)
Published in 49 hymnals
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|Composer:||Ralph Harrison (1784)|
|Incipit:||55435 11271 32232|
WARRINGTON was composed by Ralph Harrison (b. Chinley, Derbyshire, England, 1748; d. Manchester, Lancashire, England, 1810) and published in his collection of psalm tunes, Sacred Harmony (1784). The tune's rising inflections help to accent words such as erotic (probably the only time this word has been used in a hymn!).
Harrison was educated at Warrington Academy (hence the tune title), a school associated with the Unitarian Church. He became an independent minister, spending most of his life serving the Cross Street Chapel in Manchester. He also taught classics at the Manchester Academy, a school he established, and published two volumes of church music entitled Sacred Harmony (1784, 1791), which include a number of his own psalm and hymn tunes.
Here are two suggestions for use of this hymn at a wedding: (a) bride and groom (or their representatives) sing a duet, alternating on stanzas 2 and 3; (b) bride and groom sing stanzas 2 and 3 in unison, and the congregation sings stanzas 1 and 4–possibly with this change in line 1 of stanza 4: “With all who hear this solemn vow. . . .” Better known tunes for this text are WINCHESTER NEW (593) and OLD HUNDREDTH (134 and 638).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (8)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #609||Ralph Harrison||188.8.131.52||WARRINGTON||554351127132232||2007|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #470||Jesus shall reign where'er the sun||Isaac Watts (1674-1748)||Ralph Harrison (1748-1810)||184.108.40.206||Luke 4:18-19; Matthew 11:28; Matthew 21:16; Psalm 8:2; Psalm 72:5; Psalm 72:7-8; Psalm 72:17-19; Psalm 113:3; Psalm 117; Revelation 5:13-14; Romans 15:11||WARRINGTON||B Flat Major||English||2005|
|Common Praise #474||Jesus, where'er Thy people meet||Jesus, Where'er Thy People Meet||William Cowper (1731-1800)||Ralph Harrison (1748-1810)||220.127.116.11||Genesis 28:10-22; Exodus 3:1-15; Exodus 35:20-35; Exodus 40:16-38; 1 Chronicles 16:7-36; Psalm 34; Psalm 70; Psalm 105; Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-20; Wisdom of Solomon 2:15-17; Sirach 2:15-17; Matthew 18:10-14; Luke 15:1-32; Luke 18:9-14||WARRINGTON||B Flat Major||1998|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #184||Where high the heavenly temple stands||M. Bruce (1746-1767)||R. Harrison (1748-1810)||Hebrews 4:14-16||WARRINGTON||B Flat Major||1987|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #191||Hear us, O people, hear our plea||Hear Us, O People, Hear Our Plea||Calvin Seerveld||Ralph Harrison||18.104.22.168||Song of Solomon 8:6-7; Song of Solomon 3; Song of Solomon 8; Song of Solomon 8:7; Song of Solomon 2; Song of Solomon 2:7; Song of Solomon 3:5||WARRINGTON||A Flat Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #347||Give to our God immortal praise||Give to Our God Immortal Praise||Isaac Watts||Ralph Harrison||22.214.171.124||WARRINGTON||A Major||English||1985|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #3||Give to our God immortal praise||Give to Our God Immortal Praise||Isaac Watts||Ralph Harrison||126.96.36.199||Psalm 136||WARRINGTON||A Major||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #377||Jesus, where e'er your people meet||Jesus, Where'er Your People Meet||William Cowper||Ralph Harrison||188.8.131.52||Matthew 18:20||WARRINGTON||A Major||English||1990|