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O God, our help in ages past – St Anne

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O God, our help in ages past
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Isaac Watts, who wrote O God, our help in ages past and over a thousand other hymn texts, was a Nonconformist minister in London and later tutor and chaplain to the Abney family of Cheshunt. The hymn was published in his 1719 collection The Psalms of David imitated in the language of the New Testament. The tune is almost certainly by William Croft, chorister and later organist of the Chapel Royal in London, and organist at St. Anne’s Church in Soho (whence the tune takes its name), although no composer is credited in the 1708 collection in which it first appeared. Surprisingly, text and tune do not appear to have been wedded until 1861, in the first edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2000

Recordings

An English Coronation 1902-1953
Studio Master: SIGCD569Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Hymns from King's
Studio Master: KGS0014Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Praise my soul
Studio Master: SIGCD545Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Remembrance
CDA67398
Sing, ye Heavens - Hymns for all time
COLCD126Download only

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Track 7 on CDA67398 [3'04]
Track 1 on COLCD126 [4'35] Download only
Track 16 on KGS0014 [3'27] Download only
Track 3 on SIGCD545 [2'48] Download only
Track 6 on SIGCD569 CD1 [3'51] Download only

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