The Name of Jesus (THE BELLMAN’S SONG) SATB Hymn

Composer
Traditional English
Full details...
page one of The Name of Jesus (THE BELLMAN’S SONG) SATB Hymn

Which method of viewing music should I use?

Score Exchange has two methods to display previews of music: seView which uses regular html and javascipt and the Scorch plug-in from Avid which needs to be downloaded and installed onto your computer. Both have advantages and disadvantages:

seView

seView, is the most compatible option. You should be able to view music on all modern web browsers including most mobile devices. Even if your device does not support javascript you should still be able to preview at least page one of the music.

You do not need to install any additional software to use seView.

Scorch

Scorch is a free plug-in from Avid for displaying and printing music. It can also play the music that you're seeing. As modern web browsers are updated, Scorch is no longer compatible with many browsers. Scorch has never been compatible with mobile devices and some web browsers on Mac computers.

If your web browser does not install Scorch automatically, you can click here to download and install scorch manually.

Static preview

The static preview shows a basic image of the first page.

Interactive preview

The interactive preview also shows a preview of the first page, but it's a bit slower to load. The preview is displayed using the Sibelius Cloud Publishing technology from Avid. With most scores, this technology will provide a higher quality preview, as well as being able to switch to full screen mode and also play the displayed music to you.

Printing after purchase

After you have purchased this item the Cloud Publishing technology is utilised to provide the printing mechanism for the music. As such, we recommend checking that the Interactive Preview displays correctly on your device before committing to a purchase.

Full details

This English tune is old, usually paired with the lyrics "The moon shines bright." It may go back to the time of Shakespeare, as there are possible references to a similar lyric in his plays. Another name for this tune is WAITS’ SONG. But there is another tune that also uses that name, so I’ve followed the example of the Oxford Book of Carols in calling it THE BELLMAN’S SONG. Both Bellman and Wait may refer to some sort of musical watchman. The English folk song "The Moon Shines Bright" was traditionally sung on New Year’s Day.

I wrote these words in response to our pastor’s New Year’s Day sermon on the circumcision and naming of Jesus. Since circumcision was done 8 days after a baby’s birth, the church has traditionally celebrated the circumcision and naming of Jesus on Jan.1, New Year’s Day. This hymn, "The Name of Jesus" is appropriate for such services, or other times of the year when there is mention of any of the topics found in the text, or scriptures that are listed as references. Ascension Day, Christ the King Sunday, the Annunciation, Advent and Christmas are all possible times for this hymn in addition to New Year’s Day.

"The Name of Jesus" is one of the new hymns on the web site, "Singing the Faith Plus," a supplement to the hymnal of UK Methodists: http://www.singingthefaithplus.org.uk/?p=14301

The lyrics of the folk song include this verse:

"Today you may be alive and well,

Worth many a thousand pound;

Tomorrow dead and cold as clay,

Your corpse laid underground."

This was apparently considered a good New Year’s text. The song concludes with the words: "A joyful New Year."


Score ID
168808
Composer
Traditional English
Year of composition
1600
Year of arrangement
2015
Lyricist
Mary Rose Jensen
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
1 minute
Instrumentation
Choir
Genre
World music
Licensing

For anything not permitted by the above licence then you should contact the publisher first to obtain permission.

Cover art for The Name of Jesus (THE BELLMAN’S SONG) SATB Hymn

You might also like...