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Thread #673   Message #170940
Posted By: John Moulden
31-Jan-00 - 08:17 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Be Thou My Vision / Slane
Subject: RE: Be Thou My Vision -do ya know this Irish Tune
Unless I've missed it, no-one has said that this is the tune of the north Ulster song "The Banks of the Bann." It's a mystery to me how it became known as Slane. My late friend, Jim Moore, arranged "Be thou my vision" for the Irish Presbyterian Hymnal, and I was under that impression that it was he who made the marriage of Eleanor Hull's words and a version of the tune he had collected in north Antrim. However, this is not Gospel and I need to look at the publishing history of the hymn. He said that he had had to omit one note to obtain a metrical fit.