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Origin: God Whose Farm is All Creation (J Arlott)

DMcG 29 Sep 07 - 02:56 PM
Malcolm Douglas 29 Sep 07 - 04:37 PM
Peace 29 Sep 07 - 04:42 PM
masato sakurai 29 Sep 07 - 06:42 PM
Peace 29 Sep 07 - 06:49 PM
masato sakurai 29 Sep 07 - 06:51 PM
Malcolm Douglas 29 Sep 07 - 07:36 PM
DMcG 30 Sep 07 - 05:20 AM
Jim Dixon 17 Feb 10 - 09:39 PM
maeve 17 Feb 10 - 09:42 PM
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Subject: Original of 'God's farm is all Creation
From: DMcG
Date: 29 Sep 07 - 02:56 PM

I've recently heard a hymn written by the cricket commentator John Arlott called "God's farm is all Creation". The tune was collected by Lucy Broadwood, and I'm trying to find out what the original song was and where it was collected. Does anyone have that information?


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Subject: RE: Original of 'God's farm is all Creation
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 29 Sep 07 - 04:37 PM

We'd need to know what the tune was first, probably. I find two websites with a tune for this hymn:

http://www.rockhay.org/worship/music/godwhosefarm.htm

'Church organ' midi, with the note 'Tune: attributed to C.F. Witt, Psalmodia Sacra; adapted by Henry J. Gauntlett, 1861'.

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/allonsong66/church.htm#God%20whose%20farm%20is%20all%20creation [link removed - see Malcom's note below and visit site at your own risk. -Joe Offer-]

A rather wobbly vocal rendition of (I think?) more-or-less the same melody. Staff notation is provided, but no other information.

Are either of these anything like the tune you heard? Where did the Broadwood reference come from?


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Subject: RE: Original of 'God's farm is all Creation
From: Peace
Date: 29 Sep 07 - 04:42 PM

Might want to check on

"God's Whose Farm is All Creation".


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Subject: RE: Original of 'God's farm is all Creation
From: masato sakurai
Date: 29 Sep 07 - 06:42 PM

For a starter.

The tune in question is SHIPSTON, which is arranged by Vaughan Williams from a "traditional English melody." The texts for this tune in The English Hymnal (1906, 1933) are "No. 390: Firmly I believe and truly" and "No. 599: Jesu, tender Shepherd, hear me." Hear the midi tune at The Cyber Hymnal. In BBC Songs of Praise [Music edition] (1997, no. 398), this tune is set to the words "God, whose farm is all creation", with a comment: "collected by Lucy Broadwood (1858-1929) / harm. R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)."


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Subject: RE: Original of 'God's farm is all Creation
From: Peace
Date: 29 Sep 07 - 06:49 PM

Nice one, Masato.


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Subject: RE: Original of 'God's farm is all Creation
From: masato sakurai
Date: 29 Sep 07 - 06:51 PM

The tune is Bedlam City (at folkinfo).


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Subject: RE: Original of 'God's farm is all Creation
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 29 Sep 07 - 07:36 PM

Posted there by Dave himself, as it happens.

The tune at the hymn sites I mentioned above is quite different. Which, I wonder, was the original setting?

Incidentally, beware the second link I provided above. On re-visiting it, I found that every single audio file on the page started playing simultaneously; each had to be turned off individually as the page (slowly and painfully) loaded. Didn't happen when I first found it. The experience was moderately interesting in a surreal sort of way, but I wouldn't recommend it to the easily-disturbed.


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Subject: RE: Original of 'God's farm is all Creation
From: DMcG
Date: 30 Sep 07 - 05:20 AM

Yes, thank's for spotting that, masato & Malcolm.   I should have made the connection to the posting I made myself - the onset of senility on my part, I think. I had a feeling I had heard it before, but it was not strong enough to be really convinced.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOD WHOSE FARM IS ALL CREATION (J Arlott)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 09:39 PM

From Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard: Words Edition* (Norwich: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1983), page 370.


GOD'S FARM
John Arlott (1914-91)

1. God, whose farm is all creation,
Take the gratitude we give;
Take the finest of our harvest,
Crops we grow that men may live.

2. Take our ploughing, seeding, reaping,
Hopes and fears of sun and rain,
All our thinking, planning, waiting,
Ripened in this fruit and grain.

3. All our labour, all our watching,
All our calendar of care,
In these crops of your creation,
Take, O God: they are our prayer.

[* I suppose that means there is also a "music edition."]


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Subject: RE: Origin: God Whose Farm is All Creation (J Arlott)
From: maeve
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 09:42 PM

Thanks, Jim. I think I need to learn this one.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Origin: God Whose Farm is All Creation (J Arlott)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 10:30 PM

Lyrics with tune at this site.


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Subject: RE: Origin: God Whose Farm is All Creation (J Arlott)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 09:38 AM

hymnfan
I understand that J Arlott was commissioned to write a hymn at short notice and used the 8.7.8.7 format. Apparantly he, himself, was unable to sing and had no particular tune in mind.
It was set to Shipston for performance but gets set to many other tunes


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