Tag: Last verses

Last verses: A richt guid what? -- "Auld Lang Syne"

Last verses: A richt guid what? -- "Auld Lang Syne"
After days and weeks of contemplating the last verses of various hymns and Christmas carols, there’s really only one choice when it comes to New Year’s Eve. All the world over, as midnight nears, people will gather and sing just one song, “Auld Lang Syne.”‘ But outside of Scotland, birthplace of “Auld Lang Syne” author... Read more »

Last verses: Hear the Christmas angels -- "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

Last verses: Hear the Christmas angels -- "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
Whether you sing, play or hear it to a tune called St. Louis, as many in Chicago may be startled to learn that we do, or a tune called Forest Green, which is more popular outside of this country, chances are you hear or contribute to some version of the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”... Read more »

Last verses: Ancient splendors -- "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"

Last verses: Ancient splendors -- "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"
The Christmas carol “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” written in the mid-1800s, isn’t referring to itself when its first verse mentions “that glorious song of old.” But like the other hymns in this series, its last verse doesn’t get out enough. Let’s take a look. It’s a quiet piece of music, not the sort... Read more »
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Last verses: All the dear children -- "Away in a Manger"

Last verses: All the dear children -- "Away in a Manger"
My interest in the last verses of Christmas carols goes back to the day after Christmas 1980. At the time, U.S. diplomats had been held hostage in Iran for more than a year, since Nov. 4, 1979. Only two women remained among the 52 diplomats being held — and on Dec. 26, 1980, one of... Read more »

Last verses: All peoples -- "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

Last verses: All peoples -- "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
I hear many different answers to the question “When do you know it’s Christmas?” or “When does Christmastime start for you?” For me, it starts with Advent, the Serious time when the church looks at the state of God’s world and remembers what it must have been like — what it IS like — to... Read more »

Last verses: Alleluia chorus -- "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"

Last verses: Alleluia chorus -- "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"
Everything seems to speed up as Advent, the church season preceding Christmas, arrives. So much to do! So much to hear! So much to read! Serious help has arrived: I’ve found a last verse which will do for those of you who can’t wait through 43 other marvelous pieces of music by Handel to reach... Read more »
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Last verses: So be it -- "The Day Thou Gavest"

Last verses: So be it -- "The Day Thou Gavest"
For several years, when I worked on Sundays, I attended a Vespers (evening) service at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago after work. There was something deep about times I’d say I was going home, whether I didn’t have the time to remember it was Sunday or just didn’t think of it, but then remembered and... Read more »

Last verses: Sorrow forgot -- "Be Still, My Soul"

Last verses: Sorrow forgot -- "Be Still, My Soul"
(Author’s note: This is part two of a series on last verses of hymns and carols, which began with this post on “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.”) The hymn tune “Be Still, My Soul” first came to my attention in the high school orchestra, back in 19-forget-it, long before I knew it had any words.... Read more »

Last verses -- Ever singing: 'Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee'

Last verses -- Ever singing: 'Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee'
This idea began during a service at my home church, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. The first hymn on Sunday was “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” Henry Van Dyke’s 1907 setting of English words to the finale of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth (or “Choral”) Symphony. (It’s often referred to as “Ode to Joy,” after the... Read more »
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