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Thread #673   Message #171781
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
01-Feb-00 - 02:06 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Be Thou My Vision / Slane
Subject: RE: Be Thou My Vision -do ya know this Irish Tune
John Moulden, if I got your name wrong, I'm sorry, but yes it is 'The Banks of the Bann', and half the best tunes in any good old traditional hymn book (Ancient and Modern, Songs of Praise, English Hymnal sort of thing) are traditional tunes that have had the serial numbers filed off. Anything that Vaughn Williams has adapted is a traditional tune, and a lot of the ones are actually called traditional. The best one is a tune called Thaxted, which Holst borrowed when he wrote the Planets, and we now borrow back to sing 'I vow to thee my country' to....

The tradition is not dying, there are many new songs coming into our new hymn books (Songs of Fellowship, Acclaim the King)that are put to old tunes, 'She moved through the fair', and 'Dream Angus' [a pipe tune] to name but two.....