Kingsfold (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn How shall I sing that majesty to the alternative tune Kingsfold with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 128 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn How shall I sing that majesty to the alternative tune Kingsfold in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
  • (Posted 2021-04-05)  CPDL #63932:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-05).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn O sing a song of Bethlehem with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-04-05)  CPDL #63931:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-05).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 126 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn O sing a song of Bethlehem in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
  • (Posted 2021-02-14)  CPDL #62923:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn I heard the voice of Jesus say with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard.
  • (Posted 2021-02-14)  CPDL #62922:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 126 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn I heard the voice of Jesus say in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
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Editor: Henk Vogel (submitted 2020-03-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Descant for 'Come, join the dance of Trinity' (or in Dutch: 'Dans mee met Vader, Zoon en Geest') with organ accompaniment.
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Editor: Henk Vogel (submitted 2020-03-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Another Descant for 'I heard the voice of Jesus say' (or in Dutch: 'Dans mee met Vader, Zoon en Geest' which is another hymn) with organ accompaniment.
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Editor: Henk Vogel (submitted 2020-03-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Descant for 'I heard the voice of Jesus say' (or in Dutch: 'Dans mee met Vader, Zoon en Geest' which is another hymn) with organ accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2007-11-21)  CPDL #15485:            (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-11-21).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 26 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Edition from the Cyber Hymnal™

General Information

Title: Kingsfold
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist: Louis F Bensoncreate page
Lyricist: Horatio Bonar

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86. D (C.M.D.)

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 247
Description: 

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Original text and translations

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1.
O sing a song of Bethlehem, of shepherds watching there,
And of the news that came to them from angels in the air.
The light that shone on Bethlehem fills all the world today;
Of Jesus’ birth and peace on earth the angels sing alway.

2.
O sing a song of Nazareth, of sunny days of joy;
O sing of fragrant flowers’ breath, and of the sinless Boy.
For now the flowers of Nazareth in every heart may grow;
Now spreads the fame of His dear Name on all the winds that blow.

3.
O sing a song of Galilee, of lake and woods and hill,
Of Him Who walked upon the sea and bade the waves be still.
For though like waves on Galilee, dark seas of trouble roll,
When faith has heard the Master’s Word, falls peace upon the soul.

4.
O sing a song of Calvary, its glory and dismay,
Of Him Who hung upon the tree, and took our sins away.
For He Who died on Calvary is risen from the grave,
And Christ, our Lord, by Heaven adored, is mighty now to save.

Lyrics: Louis F. Benson, 1889.

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I heard the voice of Jesus say,
‘Come unto me and rest;
lay down, thou weary one, lay down
thy head upon my breast:’
I came to Jesus as I was,
so weary, worn and sad;
I found in him a resting-place,
and he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
‘Behold, I freely give
the living water, thirsty one;
stoop down and drink and live:’
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
‘I am this dark world’s light;
look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
and all thy day be bright:’
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in him my star, my sun;
and in that light of life I’ll walk
till travelling days are done.

Words: Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

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How shall I sing that majesty
which angels do admire?
let dust in dust and silence lie;
sing, sing, ye heavenly choir.
Thousands of thousands stand around
thy throne, O God most high;
ten thousand times ten thousand sound
thy praise; but who am I?

Thy brightness unto them appears,
whilst I thy footsteps trace;
a sound of God comes to my ears,
but they behold thy face.
They sing because thou art their Sun;
Lord, send a beam on me;
for where heaven is but once begun
there alleluias be.

How great a being, Lord, is thine,
which doth all beings keep!
Thy knowledge is the only line
to sound so vast a deep.
Thou art a sea without a shore,
a sun without a sphere;
thy time is now and evermore,
thy place is everywhere.

Words: John Mason (c. 1645-1694)