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Posted By: IanC
16-May-01 - 04:15 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Be Thou My Vision / Slane
Subject: RE: Be Thou My Vision -do ya know this Irish Tune
Yes

When Hymns Ancient & Modern was compiled, the tune was used for a number of hymns, as were a whole bunch of folk tunes from all round the British Isles. The compilers decided to use the name of the village from which the tune had come as a title, rather than fill up the hymn book with song titles such as "A Blacksmith Courted Me" (used for John Bunyan's "To Be a Pilgrim").

Cheers!
Ian

By the way, A&M is itself worthy of serious study.