Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness

# 492  Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness

Text:      John Ellerton

Tune:   Finnian

Composer:  Christopher Dearnley

This Hymn of the Incarnation by John Ellerton was first published in Select Hymns for Church and Home (Edinburgh, 1871).    The hymn originally had six stanzas but after a series of revisions, and the hymn being dropped from the Episcopal hymnal, it was reinstated in Hymnal III as we find it now in the 1982 Hymnal.

This strong processional type tune was composed December 18, 1966, the date of the birth of the youngest child of the composer, Christopher Dearnley.  The tune name is derived from the name of the sixth-century Irish saint, whose name was one of the names given to Dearnley’s son.  

Here’s a video from the National Cathedral.  The organ does drown out the voices but, oh, what an organ!  YOUTUBE