Three Karen Hymn-tune Items

Here are three hymns from the 1963 Sgaw Karen Hymnal (but I think all three date from the 1908 edition or earlier) that I think are of some interest in connection with their tunes. The first is Mrs. C. H. Vinton’s text (apparently original in Karen, though it may be an adaptation of an unacknowledged English original) set to a tune called CHARLES WESLEY (or it may be a tune by Charles Wesley, though in that case one would expect his name to be on the right side, not the left). The second is E. N. Harris’s translation of “Love Divine”, set to a tune called LUCIA that is described as being “Arranged from the Sextette in Lucia”. The third is Mrs. J. H. Vinton’s translation of “Guide me, O thou great Jehovah”, set to a tune called GUIDANCE that is described as being “Arr. from Flotow w. D. E.” Anyone who can cast any additional light on any of these tunes (or adduce instances of the latter two’s use with the original English texts) is urged to comment here to that effect!


3 komentoj to “Three Karen Hymn-tune Items”

  1. C.W.S. Says:

    I have seen the hymn-tune arrangement of the LUCIA sextet somewhere before to an English text but don’t recall where it is at the moment. More common seems to be an arrangement of the opening chorus of LUCIA’s Act II Scene II (Per te d’immenso giubilo…) but again, I don’t have it at hand.

    P.S. Not sure if you are aware, but one of the July 2011 Hymn Society Conference festivals (the one I helped research) was recorded by the church where it was held and is available on the website of the First Congregational Church of Colorado Springs under “Sermons.” ( the recording set-up is clearly for sermons and not musical events but you can get a sense of it.)

    • Haruo Says:

      Thanks! I’ve had a fairly impecunious year of it so far, and was completely unable to attend the Colo Springs event. Was the hymn festival you helped with the GLBT one? I dearly wished to be there. (Several others, but that was at the top of my list.) If you know anybody who wants to sell his or her convention book, let me know!

      Leland aka Haruo

  2. C.W.S. Says:

    Tes, that’s the one. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be there either this year, but I hear it was quite successful, with many people commmenting favorably (before and especially after).

    There’s a possinility that it will also be turned into an article for THE HYMN.


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