Psalm 1

1A: The One is Blest

Performance Notes:

Tune Information:

WINCHESTER OLD is a famous common-meter psalm tune, presumably arranged by George Kirbye (b. Suffolk, England, c. 1560; d. Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, 1634) from a melody in Christopher Tye's Acts of the Apostles and published in T. Este's The Whole Book of Psalmes (1592) set to Psalm 84. Kirbye was responsible for most of the harmonizations in that psalter. A musician at the estate of Sir Robert Jermyn near Bury St. Edmunds, Kirbye apparently also served as church warden of the local St. Mary's Church and composed several volumes of madrigals that were very popular in his time.

WINCHESTER OLD has been associated with Nahum Tate's Christmas text ever since it was published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861). The tune title refers to Winchester, an ancient town in Hampshire, England.

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.
  • The following are alternative accompaniments for this tune, WINCHESTER OLD

Alternative Harmonization for Organ and Descant Resources:

  • Archer, Malcolm. After the Last Verse. Kevin Mayhew ISBN 0 86209 502 6 [1995]
  • Eggert, John. Creative Hymn Accompaniments for Organ. vol. 2 CPH 97-6851 [2000]
  • Noble, T. Tertius. Fifty Free Organ Accompaniments to Well-Known Hymn Tunes. J. Fischer 8430 [1949]
  • Rawsthorne, Noel. 200 Last Verses. Kevin Mayhew ISBN 0 86209 189 6 [1991]
  • Shaw, Geoffrey. The Descant Hymn-Tune Book bk 1. Novello 15207
  • Thiman, Eric. Varied Accompaniments to Thirty-Four Well-Known Hymn Tunes. Oxford ISBN 0 19 323210 3 [1937]
  • Wilkinson, John T. One Hundred and Four Descants for “The Hymn Book”. enThusia [1980]

Alternative Harmonization for Piano:

  • Hopson, Hal H. The Creative Use of the Piano in Worship. Hope 8392 [2008]

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalter, 1912, alt. 1985, P.D.
  • Music (WINCHESTER OLD 8.6.8.6): attr. George Kirbye, 1592, P.D.
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    • Words and Music: Both are in  Public Domain. You do not need a license to reprint this song.

1B: Happy Are They Who Trust

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1077 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.
  •  For more information about this song, refer to the Leader’s Edition of Sing! A New Creation.

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.

Copyright Information

  • Words and Music: Robert J. Thompson © 1986 GIA Publications, Inc.; arr. Emily R. Brink (b. 1940) © GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Psalm Text: from Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, admin. Augsburg Fortress Publishers
  • Tone: © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources
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    • Words and Music: permitted with a license from OneLicense.net
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1C: Happy Are They Who Walk in God’s Wise Way

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1077 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.
  • This song is originally from “Sound the Bamboo”, a hymnal from the Christian Conference of Asia. To see more performance notes on this song, you can purchase the Hymnal Companion to “Sound the Bamboo”. Both the collection and companion are published by GIA Publications, Inc.

Other Resources:

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalm 1; Thailand; tr. and para. Erik Routley © 1976 Hinshaw Music, Inc.
  • Music (SRI LAMPANG 10.8.10.8): traditional melody, Thailand; acc. I-to Loh (b. 1936) © 2011 Hinshaw Music, Inc.
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1D: A Litany for the Renewal of Baptismal Vows

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1E: Feliz la gente/How Blest the People

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1077 of  Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Juan A. Espinosa © 1990 Juan  A. Espinosa, admin. OCP Publications; tr. Mary Louise Bringle (b. 1953) © 1990 Juan A. Espinosa, admin. OCP Publications
  • Music (FELIZ EL HOMBRE): Juan A. Espinosa © 1990 Juan A. Espinosa, admin. OCP Publications; arr. Marcus Hong © 2011 OCP Publications
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1F: Happy is the One

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1077 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Resources:

  • Purchase a CD recording that contains this song, made specifically to be a companion resource for this book, called Sing to God with Joy. This CD is published by GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Purchase a collection or a CD recording written by John Bell that contains this song and is published by GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.

Copyright Information:

  • Words: The Iona Community © 1993 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
  • Music (BENEDICTUS PRIMUS 5.10.10.6): The Iona Community © 1993 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
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