Hymn 80.

Two versions of this hymn are available:

1) using the music printed in the hymnal: here;

2) using the more traditional tune associated with this hymn: here.

(Note: The more traditional tune (#2 above) is perhaps more familiarly associated with this hymn. The other version however (contained in the hymnal) has much to commend itself: this music is “with repeat”, and thus makes a way for the last lyrics of each stanza to be emphasized. Concurrent with the repeat, the music has an excellent drive, build & crescendo at the same place. This can be very effective in every stanza, but particularly in the last, where the writer uses the text from Hebrews 13:5: “,,, for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” In the original language, this contains no less than five negatives, & thus is clearly being emphasized by the Holy Spirit. The musical drive, build, repeat & crescendo therefore seem to go hand-in-hand with the emphasis that the Spirit of God Himself desires to be made at this particular point.

(Note: the traditional tune for this hymn does not appear to be included anywhere in the Trinity Hymnal. A version found in another hymnal does not mention a copyright, and can be viewed by clicking here)

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