Thanks to Rick Graham for this wonderful collaboration. I wrote the words and he paired them with music in a hymn that talks about how God blesses everyone through the Priesthood.
(The actual Loch Lomond–courtesy of visitscotland.com)
If the title of this post seems confusing, let me clarify: This arrangement of “Come, Follow Me” has the melody of the folk song “The Water is Wide”, and the accompaniment includes the tune of the folk song “Loch Lomond”. Sort of a Come Follow Me on the high road or the low road. I hope you like the results!
“Hark All Ye Nations” started as a German hymn and is still well-loved their today. The hymn tune it was originally paired with is now sung with English lyrics.
Today, I have kept the original English translation, and have paired it with a six-eight version of the beloved hymn “Blessed Assurance”. Though this hymn tune is not in the current LDS hymnbook, it is beloved throughout many other Christian denominations.
Today, I have an SATB arrangement of “I Need Thee Every Hour” set to the tune of a wonderful Norwegian carol. The tune itself is both beautiful and plaintive and fits the message of the word perfectly.
As a bonus, I have also included a version of the same music with the words of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”, which is a German Christmas carol. Might be a while yet before you need to use that one, but then again, maybe you like to do Christmas in July. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir once recorded a Christmas concert in July in order to send to make into a PBS special, so it does happen.
PDF: The Maid of Iowa
PDF: Come, come ye Saints
Many people know that William Clayton wrote the beloved “Come, Come Ye Saints” while the Mormon Pioneers were crossing the plains. You might even know that he wrote it after hearing about the birth of his son. But what you might not know is that he adapted the words from an English funeral hymn that shared the repeated phrase “all is well”. Here’s just s sampling:
What’s this that steals, that steals upon my frame? Is it death, is it death?
That soon will quench, will quench this mortal flame, Is it death, is it death?
If this be death, I soon shall be,
From ev’ry pain and sorrow free, I shall the King of glory see, All is well, all is well!