Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Psalm 72) & tune

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  1. Haruo

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    Our Bible study this evening will be on Psalm 72, and whenever possible I like to get us to sing the psalm we are reading/studying. This is a great one as it has yielded (by the pen of James Montgomery, one of my favorite hymn lyricists) one of my favorite hymns, "Hail to the Lord's Anointed". The most common tune for it seems to be Ellacombe, though in Northern Baptist hymnals it has usually been set to Sheffield ("British Grenadiers") and this is my own preferred tune for the hymn. I'd be interested in knowing whether any of you sing it, and if so what verses and to what tune.

    Here are the verses given in The Cyber Hymnal [click] which also gives Crüger, Woodbird and Zoan as alternative melodies; I have bolded the stanzas I am accustomed to seeing in hymnals:

    I have lately noticed a revision of this hymn by Bert Polman (1985; © 1987 CRC Publications), in some places bringing it closer to the psalm text, in the Psalter Hymnal (of the Christian Reformed Church, a pædobaptist Calvinist outfit of Dutch Reformed and Huguenot antecedents) where it is #72 and set to Es flog ein kleins Waldvogelein, apparently just another name for Woodbird:

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  2. rsr

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    Nice hymn. The update seems to be pretty good too.

    Seems the Hassler/Bach Passion Chorale would be a good tune too.

    Ellacombe is the tune to which I have traditionally sung Watts "I Sing the Mighty Power of God," which in the Cyberhymnal is listed as an alternate.

    I SING THE MIGHTY POWER OF GOD IN CYBERHYMNAL
     
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