Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Avion My Uncle Flew

The Avion My Uncle Flew
by Cyrus Fisher
Recommended Ages: 10+

John Littlehorn, the youthful narrator of this story, is a fine example of a character who grows through his experiences. He becomes a little more admirable as he learns to enjoy himself and to act like less of a spoiled child. And though his attitude toward foreign languages and customs, especially those of his mother's native France, is depicted with a lightly satirical touch, he also learns to love France, and to speak French in a "see Spot run," boy's-first-reader sort of way. The cleverest thing is how he brings his non-French-speaking readers along for the trip, teaching them about as much of the French language as he learns during his two-month adventure in the mountains of south-central France.

At first, however, Johnny is not so very admirable - as he admits himself, with shame. He lets himself become a pampered invalid after a fall from a horse messes up his left leg. He becomes jealous of his mother's attachment to his father when the latter returns from World War II. And he digs in his heels when his parents take him to Paris to have his leg operated on and, on a doctor's advice, to send him upcountry with his uncle Paul Langres, a veteran of the French resistance who wants to see what became of his ancestral village, and perhaps build and test-fly an experimental aircraft there.

Some of John's resistance turns out to be based on real terror, inflicted by a Nazi official who has his own sinister plans for the Langres estate. But as no one ever seems to see or hear the things that keep giving John fits, he himself begins to doubt their reality and starts to enjoy his stay in the otherwise pleasant village. He makes a couple of friends his age, starts learning the language, and works on strengthening his leg in order to earn a bicycle promised by his parents if he recovers his ability to walk, and learns to speak French, by the end of the summer. He gets into just a little bit of trouble over his belief that a Nazi is still hiding out on the mountain - just a small matter of accidentally shooting the mayor's pig with a German pistol that nobody afterward can find. But it's when he hatches a really dubious scheme to persuade the townspeople to search in earnest for the hidden Nazi that Johnny blunders into heroism.

His uncle does fly the avion (French for airplane, but really a glider). But first Johnny takes a wild ride of his own, getting into some really thrilling scrapes and solving a mystery bigger than he realized he was dealing with. Meanwhile, every time he learns a new French word or phrase, he uses it instead of the English counterpart, until gradually the book progresses from 100 percent English to several pages of unbroken, but very easy, French. In between it is mostly told in a whimsical blend of the two languages, showing Johnny to have an unusual and often hilarious way of thinking and expressing himself.
In fact, as the night - la nuit, as they say, if you want to be fancy about it - as la nuit endured and hung on, the hours going slower and slower, in my judgment French trains weren't worth the powder to blow them off the track. And my opinion of the French idea of being comfortable dropped down lower than gravel.
In brief, I learned; I laughed; I had a great time.

This book, based loosely on its author's experiences as a Franco-American youth visiting France between the World Wars, won a 1947 Newbery Honor award. Cyrus Fisher was a juvenile-fiction pseudonym of author Darwin L. Teilhet (1904-64), a prolific author of mostly detective stories, often co-written with his wife Hildegarde Teilhet. Some of his other books were published under the pen-names William H. Fielding and Theo Durant. Among his other titles written as Cyrus Fisher are Ab Carmody's Treasure (set in Guatemala) and The Hawaiian Sword.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Useful Hymns: Tune Meter Index

Traditional hymnals also tend to contain a helpful index allowing you to look up a tune by its meter (in case you need to find a hymn but can't remember its tune's name or how the first line goes; or in case you want to look for an alternative tune for a hymn). Mine is organized a little differently than most, in that I actually organized the tunes into separate categories according to how many lines (of poetry) or phrases (of music) each stanza represents. After that the meters are kind of alphabetized by a string of numbers representing how many syllables are in each line. It would be nice if all tunes with the same pattern of syllable counts were interchangeable, but unfortunately, this list does not distinguish between tunes written to different patterns of syllable accents. So in a strict sense, it doesn't index the meter of the hymns, just the relative lengths of the lines in each stanza. Did I mention this is complicated?
2 lines
88
...Ich wollt, daß ich daheime wär...33

3 lines
777
...Heilger Geist, du Tröster mein...63
...St. Philip...63

4 lines
5565
...Year of Grace...200

6565
...Sælir eru trúadir...196

6666
...St. Cecilia...161

SM (6686)
...Aber...102
...Ephphatha...67
...Sandford...163
...Swabia...88

7676
...Rorate...28

7777
...Höchster Priester (1)...58
...Höchster Priester (2)...86
...Horton...85
...Jesu, kom dog selv til mig...170
...Schönste Sonne...201

7778
...Eleutheria...173
...Uns ist g’born ein Kindelein...205

7787
...Eleutheria...133

7997
...Wohlauf, die ihr hungrig seid...60

CM (8686)
...Burford...52
...Nun sich der Tag geendet hat...112
...Preschool Song...199
...Pruning...171
...Song 67...174
...Wolverhampton...130

8886
...Caergybi...193
...Rok nový...193

LM (8888)
...Agriculture Hymn...188
...Beatus vir...71
...Bloomington...18
...Constance...167
...Erstanden ist der heilig Christ...135
...Five Thousand...43, 82
...Four Thousand...62
...Herrnhut...166
...Ich heb mein Augen sehnlich auf...147
...Ich komm aus fremden Landen her...150
...Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott...71, 203
...Nun lasst uns den Leib (1)...157
...Nun lasst uns den Leib (2)...176
...Refreshment...2
...Rex Christe, factor omnium...37
...Rockingham...151
...St. Crispin...165
...Tallis’ Canon...172
...Vexilla regis...109
...Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar...141
...Windham...21
...Wir danken dir (1)...175
...Wir danken dir (2)...22

8 10 8 10
...Exsurgat Deus...119

9898
...O lad din Aand...103

9999
...Committal...159
...Engagement...183

10 8 10 8
...Venite...120

10 10 5 10
...O wie selig (1)...189
...O wie selig (2)...15

10 10 10 10
...Cleansing...126, 217
...Consecration...155, 219
...Duncannon...198
...Farley Castle...126
...Inventor rutilis...4

11 10 11 10
...Liebster Immanuel...57

11 11 11 5
...Die Nacht ist kommen...20
...Lobet den Herrn und dankt...31

11 11 11 11
...Easter Hymn...46, 83
...Es jammre...27

5 lines
76 766
...O Christe, Morgensterne...29

7878 4
...St. Albinus...64

865 76
...Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod...208

8787 7
...Reece...136

87 887
...Trefoil...55, 68

87 888
...Ach wie nichtig...139

887 87
...Thanksgiving...23

88 848
...Ich hab mein Sach...184

8888 4
...Erschienen ist...206
...Gelobet seist du, Jesu...190

8888 6
...Amen, Amen...16

8888 8
...Amen, Amen...81
...Park Street...161
...Wir wollen alle fröhlich sein...32

10 888 10
...O Jesulein süss...204

10 10 10 10 10
...Old 124th...156

11 9 11 9 9
...Der mange skal komme...41

6 lines
665 D (665 665)
...Mein Jesu, der du mich...25

6666 66
...Gottes Sohn ist kommen...202

HM (6666 88)
...Croft’s 136th...137
...Dolgelly...77
...Laus Regis...137

667 D (667 667)
...Aspice Protector...187, 216
...Nunc dimittis...182

6686 86
...Dwelling Place...186

7676 76
...Wir hatten gebauet...127

775 D (775 775)
...Bridegroom’s Bread...115

7777 77
...Nicht so traurig (1)...179
...Nicht so traurig (2)...123

7878 77
...Jesus ist mein Aufenthalt...10
...Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht (1)...75
...Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht (2)...10
...Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht (3)...75

8686 68
...Come, you thirsty...124

8787 87
...Finnish Song...65
...Parresia...74, 222
...Sinner-Saint...185

CPM (886 D, or 886 886)
...Immanuel...78

887 D (887 887)
...Heut singt die liebe Christenheit...56
...Paa sit Kors...73

88 8686
...Der Kluge auf den Felsen baut...221
...Stuckwisch...221

888 886 or 8888 86
...Remnant...128
...Trinity...54

LPM (8888 88 or 888 888)
...Danket dem Herrn...48
...Heut triumphieret...131
...Holy Family...91, 164
...Iron Hub...125
...Leicester...95
...O Herre Gott, in meiner Not...158
...Presence...104
...Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig...26
...St. Petersburg...105

977 D (977 977)
...Dedication...129, 191

9897 88
...Inheritance...116

9898 88
...Amberg...51, 218
...O dass ich tausend (1)...50
...O dass ich tausend (2)...7

10 10 5558
...Deus fortis...107

10 8 10 8 10 10
...Das neugeborne Kindelein...11

10 10 10 D (10 10 10 10 10 10)
...David...143
...Seven Churches...154
...Song 1...35, 110

7 lines
664 6664
...Malvern...79

7676 876
...Wenn meine Sünd (1)...80
...Wenn meine Sünd (2)...80
...Wohl denen, die da wandeln...30

7788 787
...Nolite solliciti...70

8686 886
...Laurinus...99

8686 887
...Oxenford...213

8787 337
...Meine Hoffnung...61

8787 775
...Quare data est...118, 181

8787 887
...Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt...192
...Dilexi quoniam...121
...Es spricht der Unweisen Mund...209
...Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut...97
...Holy Body...92, 195
...Ich steh an deiner Krippen...12
...Unction...13, 220

887 8887
...Eighth Day...8

8888 886
...Mixolydian Tune...111

8 lines
6666 D (6666 6666)
...Courage...197
...Healing...160

6666 6686
...Crosby...106
...Deerwood...106

SMD (6686 6686)
...Ich halte treulich still...40

6688 6666
...Oculi...42

6766 6676
...Oligopistoi...34

6767 6666
...Ich freue mich in dir...9
...O Gott, du frommer Gott...142

7676 6676
...Terre Haute...212

7676 D (7676 7676)
...Bona patria...24
...Den Blomstertid nu kommer...108
...Ich freu mich in dem Herren...76
...Ich weiss, woran ich glaube...93

7676 7776
...Affliction...194

7676 8787
...Humility...72

7676 8876
...Hvor det blir godt å lande...168
...Isaiah...146

7676 8877
...Confitemini...122

7775 D (7775 7775)
...Crucifer...5

7777 D (7777 7777)
...Christe, wahres Seelenlicht...53

7777 7788
...Elijah...144, 148

7878 D (7878 7878)
...Holy Desire...96

CMD (8686 8686)
...Passover...14, 17

8686 8886
...Hvor salig er den lille Flok...59
...Vocation...134

8787 7787
...Holy Day...19, 90
...Youth...152

8787 D (8787 8787)
...Durch Adams Fall...138
...Genesis...87, 114

8787 8877
...Ermuntre dich...94, 207

8787 8887
...Holy Name...89, 140

8887 7787
...Advent...3, 177

LMD (8888 8888)
...Erbarm dich mein...1
...Judica...44, 47
...O grosser Gott...132

9696 7777
...Holy Baptism...101

9797 7878
...Palmarum...45

10 7 10 7 D (10 7 10 7 10 7 10 7)
...Holy Angel...100

10 88 10 88 10 10
...Eyn Sämann gienge auß...38
...Yes of God...38

10 8 10 8 D (10 8 10 8 10 8 10 8)
...Threefold Office...117

10 10 10 10 D (10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10)
...Fruit of the Spirit...69

9 lines
8787 87468
...Ich ruf zu dir...145

8888 8888 8
...Ein neues Lied...39

10 lines
6666 7777 86
...Mein Schöpfer, steh mir bei...36, 162

7676 7676 88
...Four Angels...149

777 777 7777
...Quicunque...98

8888 8888 88
...Bartz...180

11 lines
7676 866 86
...Spirit of Christ...66, 214

847 847 44447
...Mag ich Unglück nicht widerstahn...49

12 lines
6373 7776 7766
...Grundtvig...211

887 887 888 887
...O Mensch, bewein...84

13 lines
887 887 8873 877
...Ylvisaker...6

10 10 9 10 10 9 10 6 10 6 8 8 10
...Thee and Only Thee...178

15 lines
8888 888 10 6 10 12 4 998
...Come to the feast...215

Useful Hymns: Tune Name Index

So, here is an alphabetical list of the hymn-tunes in my developing book Useful Hymns. Most hymnals contain a similar index, which is helpful, though it is aitch-ee-double-toothpicks keeping track of the names of the literally thousands of hymn-tunes in existence. With the same entry format as the first line index (each tune is followed by its author or source, and then the hymn number(s) where it is used, set off by ellipses), it's a slightly shorter list because some of the tunes are used more than once. But then again, some of the hymns have more than one tune. I guess it shows there are more instances of tunes used twice than hymns with two tunes. This list isn't quite complete yet, because I am still waiting to hear back from a composer who was going to furnish me with an original tune for a certain hymn.
Aber...Monk...102
Ach wie nichtig...Gotha...139
Advent...Fish...3, 177
Affliction...R. Mayes...194
Agriculture Hymn...J. Mayes...188
Amberg...Fish...51, 218
Amen, Amen...Fish...16, 81
Aspice Protector...Fish...187, 216
Bartz...Fish...180
Beatus vir...Samotulský...71
Bloomington...Fish...18
Bona patria...Bristol...24
Bridegroom’s Bread...Fish...115
Burford...Chetham...52
Caergybi...Roberts...193
Christe, wahres Seelenlicht...Halle...53
Cleansing...Fish...126, 217
Come to the feast...Fish...215
Come, you thirsty...Fish...124
Committal...Fish...159
Confitemini...Fish...122
Consecration...Fish...155, 219
Constance...Gauntlett...167
Courage...R. Mayes...197
Croft’s 136th...Croft...137
Crosby...Fish...106
Crucifer...Fish...5
Danket dem Herrn...Schütz...48
Das neugeborne Kindelein...Vulpius...11
David...Fish...143
Dedication...Fish...129, 191
Deerwood...Fish...106
Den Blomstertid nu kommer...Stockholm...108
Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt...Wittenberg...192
Der Kluge auf den Felsen baut...Carver...221
Der mange skal komme...Stockholm...41
Deus fortis...Norwegian...107
Die Nacht ist kommen...Nigidius...20
Dilexi quoniam...Fish...121
Dolgelly...Welsh...77
Duncannon...Potterton...198
Durch Adams Fall...German...138
Dwelling Place...Fish...186
Easter Hymn...Fish...46, 83
Eighth Day...Fish...8
Ein neues Lied...Luther...39
Eleutheria...Fish...133, 173
Elijah...Fish...144, 148
Engagement...Fish...183
Ephphatha...Fish...67
Erbarm dich mein...Scheidt...1
Ermuntre dich...Schop...94, 207
Erschienen ist...Hermann...206
Erstanden ist der heilig Christ...Bohemian...135
Es jammre...Hintze...27
Es spricht der Unweisen Mund...Wittenberg...209
Exsurgat Deus...Fish...119
Eyn Sämann gienge auß...Carver...38
Farley Castle...Lawes...126
Finnish Song...Finnish...65
Five Thousand...Fish...43, 82
Four Angels...Fish...149
Four Thousand...Fish...62
Fruit of the Spirit...Fish...69
Gelobet seist du, Jesu...Erfurt...190
Genesis...Fish...87, 114
Gott hat das Evangelium...Alber...210
Gottes Sohn ist kommen...Weisse...202
Grundtvig...Fish...211
Healing...Fish...160
Heilger Geist, du Tröster mein...German...63
Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut ...Dresden...97
Herrnhut...Gesius...166
Heut singt die liebe Christenheit...Nürnberg...56
Heut triumphieret...Frankfurt a. O....131
Höchster Priester (1)...Basel...58
Höchster Priester (2)...Halle...86
Holy Angel...Fish...100
Holy Baptism...Fish...101
Holy Body...Fish...92, 195
Holy Day...Fish...19, 90
Holy Desire...Fish...96
Holy Family...Fish...91, 164
Holy Name...Fish...89, 140
Horton...Wartensee...85
Humility...Fish...72
Hvor det blir godt å lande...Norwegian...168
Hvor salig er den lille Flok...Lindeman...59
Ich freu mich in dem Herren...Helder...76
Ich freue mich in dir...German...9
Ich hab mein Sach...German...184
Ich halte treulich still...Leipzig...40
Ich heb mein Augen sehnlich auf...Schütz...147
Ich komm aus fremden Landen her...German...150
Ich ruf zu dir...Klug...145
Ich steh an deiner Krippen...Bach...12
Ich weiss, woran ich glaube...Schütz...93
Ich wollt, daß ich daheime wär...Strasbourg...33
Immanuel...Löhe...78
Inheritance...Fish...116
Inventor rutilis...plainsong/Fish...4
Iron Hub...Fish...125
Isaiah...Fish...146
Jesu, kom dog selv til mig...Lindeman...170
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod...Luther...208
Jesus ist mein Aufenthalt...Lüneberg...10
Judica...Fish...44, 47
Laurinus...Stockholm...99
Laus Regis...Fischer...137
Leicester...Bishop...95
Liebster Immanuel...Leipzig...57
Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott...Crüger...188, 203
Lobet den Herrn und dankt...Crüger...31
Mag ich Unglück nicht widerstahn...Senfl...49
Malvern...The Hallelujah...79
Mein Jesu, der du mich...Darmstadt...25
Mein Schöpfer, steh mir bei...Meyer...36, 162
Meine Hoffnung...Neander...61
Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht (1)...Darmstadt...75
Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht (2)...Hammerschmidt...10
Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht (3)...Ulich...75
Mixolydian Tune...Fish...111
Nicht so traurig (1)...Crüger...179
Nicht so traurig (2)...Ebeling...123
Nolite solliciti...Fish...70
Nun lasst uns den Leib (1)...Hermann...157
Nun lasst uns den Leib (2)...Wittenberg...176
Nun sich der Tag geendet hat...Krieger...112
Nunc dimittis...Geneva...182
O Christe, Morgensterne...Leipzig...29
O dass ich tausend (1)...Dretzel...50
O dass ich tausend (2)...König...7
O Gott, du frommer Gott...Braunschweig...142
O grosser Gott...Stuttgart...132
O Herre Gott, in meiner Not...Reimann...158
O Jesulein süss...Köln...204
O lad din Aand...Lindeman...103
O Mensch, bewein...Strassburg...84
O wie selig (1)...Crüger...189
O wie selig (2)...Stötzel...15
Oculi...Fish...42
Old 124th...Geneva...156
Oligopistoi...Fish...34
Oxenford...Fish...213
Paa sit Kors...Zinck...73
Palmarum...Fish...45
Park Street...Venua...161
Parresia...Fish...74, 222
Passover...Fish...14, 17
Preschool Song...Fish...199
Presence...Fish...104
Pruning...Fish...171
Quare data est...Fish...118, 181
Quicunque...Fish...98
Reece...Fish...136
Refreshment...Fish...2
Remnant...Fish...128
Rex Christe, factor omnium...Plainchant...37
Rockingham...Mason...151
Rok nový...Závorka...193
Rorate...Fish...28
Sælir eru trúadir...Bohemian...196
Sandford...Stephenson...163
Schönste Sonne...Enckhausen...201
Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig...Leipzig...26
Seven Churches...Potterton...154
Sinner-Saint...Fish...185
Song 1...Gibbons...35, 110
Song 67...Gibbons...174
Spirit of Christ...Fish...66, 214
St. Albinus...Gauntlett...64
St. Cecilia...Hayne...161
St. Crispin...Elvey...165
St. Petersburg...Bortniansky...105
St. Philip...Monk...63
Stuckwisch...Fish...221
Swabia...Spiess...88
Tallis’ Canon...Tallis...172
Terre Haute...Fish...212
Thanksgiving...Fish...23
Thee and Only Thee...Fish...178
Threefold Office...Fish...117
Trefoil...Fish...55, 68
Trinity...Fish...54
Unction...Fish...13, 220
Uns ist g’born ein Kindelein...German...205
Venite...Fish...120
Vexilla regis...Hampton...109
Vocation...Fish...134
Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar...Gotha...141
Wenn meine Sünd (1)...German...80
Wenn meine Sünd (2)...Prætorius...80
Windham...Read...21
Wir danken dir (1)...Erfurt...175
Wir danken dir (2)...Wittenberg...22
Wir hatten gebauet...German...127
Wir wollen alle fröhlich sein...Spangenberg...32
Wohl denen, die da wandeln...Schütz...30
Wohlauf, die ihr hungrig seid...Bohemian...60
Wolverhampton...Redhead...130
Year of Grace...Fish...200
Yes of God...Fish...38
Ylvisaker...Fish...6
Youth...J. Mayes...152

Useful Hymns: First Line Index

Here is a list of the hymns in Useful Hymns, alphabetized by the first line of Stanza 1. Kind of like, you know, the "text index" of an ordinary hymnal, only after each first-line entry it names the author or source. The number at the end of each entry is the hymn number (as opposed to a page number). When there is a slash between two author or source names, the names identify original author-slash-translator. If my name (Fish) isn't anywhere to be seen, it probably means I just wrote an original tune for somebody else's hymn. Whew. This is complicated. In the book layout it is easier to read because instead of ellipses ("...") there are tab characters that space the information into columns, although the spaces are filled with dots.
“A little while,” said Christ in grace...Fish...49
A prophet meek and lowly...Fish...146
A remnant, Lord, in mercy save...Fish...128
A song of thanks to God we raise...Fish...180
A sower went abroad his seed to sow...Fish...38
A stable lamp is lighted...Wilbur...212
Alas, Lord! See Thy kingdom’s course...Fish...21
Almighty God in lowly form...Fish...169
Almighty God, unto Your flock...Fish...132
“Amen, Amen,” the Savior said...Fish...16
Amen, Lord Jesus, to Thy Word...Fish...172
As with one voice we praise the Lord...Fish...135
Awake, my soul, take wing and soar...Sacer/Fish...207
Behold! The weak and the afflicted...Fish...191
Beloved, ask not what to do...Fish...68
Blessed shall all kindreds call her...Fish...19
Christ, faithful Witness, Firstborn from the dead...Fish...154
Christ my Savior, God and Man...Fish...170
Christ, Mediator, intercede for me...Fish...178
Christ, pitying the multitude...Fish...134
Christ, rise without delay...Fish...79
Christ, shine Your light on those who delve...Fish...150
Christ, the Father’s faithful witness...Fish...89
Christ, to serve all men You came ...Fish...153
Christ, we thank You for each other...Fish...73
Christ, when Your parents to the temple brought You ...Fish...31
Christ, who was tempted as are we...Fish...166
Christ, who Your kingdom once compared...Fish...82
Christ, whose pulpit was a boat...Fish...60
Christ, You owned no resting place...Fish...96
Christians, for the strife alarming...Fish...177
Christians, in your daily need...Fish...70
Christmas with gladness sounds...Grundtvig/Aaberg...211
Come, let us all confess our sins to God...Preus...219
Come, let us sing to the Lord God of Hosts...Fish...120
Come, sing the praise of God the Father...Preus...218
Come, Lord Jesus; come with haste...Fish...179
Come, you thirsty, to the water...Fish...124
Crucified God, my Righteousness...Fish...165
Cry the captives at the river...Fish...3
Dear Christians, be not unaware...Fish...37
Dear Father, bless this holy space...Fish...111
Dear heavenly Father, hear, as sinks life’s day...Fish...155
Dear Lord, bend down Your ear...Fish...163
Dear Lord, whose presence fills the heart with joy...Fish...198
Disciples, why gaze up in awe?...Fish...18
Drop down, drop down you heavens...Fish...28
Ere Adam’s seed was sown...Fish...40
Eternal, sole-begotten Son...Fish...91
Fare well, in Jesus’ name...Fish...182
Fast, dear children, mourn and tremble...Fish...13
Father, behold my Shield...Kornacki...216
Father, who has spread a feast...Fish...115
Father, whose beloved Son...Fish...10
Father, with Your children playing...Fish...139
Fools may profess the Christian faith...Luther/Fish...209
For Matthew’s faithful witness...Fish...149
For Your word’s sake, according to Your heart...Fish...143
Go in grace, dear sisters, brothers...Fish...87
God bless, uphold the faithful lives...Fish...151
God gave the gospel so that we...Alber/Fish...210
God, who called the light from darkness...Fish...114
God who is Father, God the Son...Fish...54
God, who forgave our debt...Fish...77
God, who once by Joseph’s brothers...Fish...140
God, who sent the twelve of old...Fish...148
God, whose labor set the planets spinning...Fish...189
Good friends, we greet you this new day...Fish...199
Hail, O rising Star of David...Fish...6
Hark, children, at the word...Fish...142
He has done all things well...Fish...67
He who would be saved must hold...Fish...98
Hear this promise spoken plainly...Rosenkoetter...222
Hear, you who trust your rightness...Fish...66
Heavenly Father, as dawn spreads her light...Fish...100
Heavenly Father, God and Lord...Fish...201
Heirs of God’s realm, be not discouraged...Fish...35
Hold fast, younger sisters, brothers...Fish...152
Howsoever you be gifted...Fish...65
“I am,” said God, “the God of Abraham”...Fish...126
I come unto Thee slain...Fish...102
I know that my Redeemer lives...Gerhardt/Oxenford...213
I love the Lord, for He has heard...Fish...121
If I must have some sign or norm...Fish...174
In His Word the Lord has plainly stated...Fish...107
In peace let us honor the One who gives peace...Fish...83
In the world’s tumult and snare...Fish...123
In Your name, Christ, we honor...Fish...24
Jesus Christ, our Savior glorious...Luther/Fish...208
Jesus, strength of all the living...Fish...74
Jesus, weighed with sorrows deep...Fish...5
Jesus, whose tears were not in vain...Fish...71
King of heaven, who by grace ...Fish...75
Let all beware who seek to judge...Fish...59
Let all the nations rage and roar...Fish...125
Let God arise! He routs the foe...Fish...119
Little children, be alert...Fish...63
Little ones, when signs awaken...Fish...26
Living God, whose straying fold...Fish...144
Lord, Abram’s Shield and great Reward ...Fish...138
Lord Christ, made known in being kind...Fish...193
Lord Christ, whose reckoning sublime...Fish...62
Lord God, who once brought Israel out...Fish...14
Lord Jesus Christ, Thy flesh and blood...Fish...104
Lord Jesus, graft us into Thee...Fish...175
Lord Jesus, heal our scaly eyes...Fish...56
Lord Jesus, when You test us...Fish...30
Lord, from the shadow of toil and pain...Fish...183
Lord, hear our cry of prayer and pain...Fish...52
Lord, how Your visage shone...Fish...36
Lord, now let Your humble slave...Fish...86
Lord of truth, whose Scripture is not broken...Fish...15
Lord, on the night You were betrayed...Fish...17
Lord, we rejoice and sing with jubilation...Fish...27
Lord, what visions You have granted...Fish...181
Lord, when You call us to feast at Your table...Fish...57
Lord, when our voice to You we raise...Fish...23
Lord, who in Christ has punished sin...Fish...55
Lord, who led Jacob’s seed...Fish...187
Lord, who once gave the breath of life to men...Fish...156
Lord, who would spare for ten men’s sake...Fish...192
Man and woman You created...Fish...195
No greater prophet has ever declared...Fish...117
O blessed birth, Love’s condescension...Fish...7
O body of death, old Adam’s seed...Fish...185
O Bread of those who falter...Fish...168
O bride of Christ, O holy line...Fish...32
O Bridegroom, I await Your feast...Fish...167
O Christ, our theme of highest worth...Fish...1
O Christ, the church’s Head ...Fish...196
O Christ, the Light of all the saints in heaven...Fish...20
O Christ, the unknown God...Fish...88
O Christ, to whom all love is due...Fish...97
O Christ, to whom all things belong...Fish...94
O Christ, who art the church’s Life...Fish...171
O Christ, Word all-creating...Fish...108
O Christ, You are the Bridegroom...Fish...93
O Christ, You know: to live...Fish...161
O faithless generation...Fish...76
O Father, who once claimed me as Your child...Fish...110
O give thanks unto the Lord...Fish...122
O God, at work in words and signs...Fish...145
O God, who mourns with those who mourn...Fish...190
O God, whose word like living seed...Fish...188
O Heaven, heal our hearts...Fish...160
O holy Love, who gave Yourself for all...Fish...69
O Jesus, Passover of God...Fish...43
O Jesus, so sweet! O Jesus, so mild...German/Fish...204
O kingly Love, that faithfully...Franzmann...215
O Lord, in whose mysterious ways...Fish...158
O Lord, our Dwelling Place...Fish...186
O Lord, our Strength and Song...Fish...197
O Lord, whose great and awful day...Fish...131
O lovely Jesus, Gift of love...Fish...39
O the joy that shepherd knew...Fish...58
O Word eternal, found in time...Fish...9
O you of little faith...Fish...34
On God I rest my hope and trust ...Fish...184
Once God destroyed mankind...Fish...137
Once on the journey to Jerusalem...Preus...217
Our heavenly Father, unto Thee...Fish...99
Our salvation is God’s will...Fish...173
Ponder, heart, this table of fellowship and grace...Fish...106
Praise be to Thee, almighty God...Weisse/Fish...203
Pray, Christ, whose sprinkled blood lifts up...Fish...95
Purify this child, O Holy Ghost...Fish...101
Rejoice, O holy city...Fish...29
Rejoice, you righteous, in the Lord...Fish...48
Remember Your goodness and mercy, O Lord...Fish...41
Root-stock of David, heavenly Vine...Fish...175
Salvation unto Israel...Fish...12
Sing a new song! Sing, all creation...Fish...50
Sing, you worthy Christian host...Fish...53
Son from on high, of all things the heir...Fish...116
Son of God, Your human nature...Fish...92
Son of Man, as Lord of Sabbath...Fish...90
Soul, declare: The Lord is great...Fish...85
Soul, why doth God tender...Weisse/Fish...202
Speak out with sounds of joyful singing...Fish...51
Spirit of Christ, once hovering...Carver...214
Stir up my still heart, Lord, to pray...Fish...2
Suffer every son and daughter...Fish...136
Take heart, dear lambs! Our friend today...Fish...157
Tell this to captive Israel...Fish...78
Thank God, His word shall never fail...Fish...109
Thanks to Christ our Savior be...Fish...133
The faithful in a faithless age...Fish...147
The Son of Man will come with might...Fish...81
The stone by men rejected...Fish...127
The wise man on the Rock has built...Carver...221
This day, child of God...Fish...200
Thou holy Christ, my soul’s own Liege...Fish...164
To Christ, by men rejected...Fish...194
To earth we commend in grief our friend...Fish...159
To God we lift our song of praise...Fish...84
Today we bless the holy name...Fish...8
United by one truth, confessed...Fish...130
Unto us is born a Child...German-Latin/Fish...205
Wake, Zion! Recognize...Fish...25
We are forgiven in Christ Jesus...Fish...129
We bless You, Christ, for making blest...Fish...22
We bless You, Spirit of the living Word...Fish...113
We praise You, Israel’s God and Lord...Fish...141
We sing, Immanuel, Thy praise...Gerhardt/Fish...206
We welcome You, who humbly enter...Fish...45
Were Christ not arisen, how falsely they preach...Fish...46
What is the bread on which we feed...Fish...105
When Christ our high priest had come forth...Fish...44
When snares bestrew my way...Fish...42
When the stewards of God’s word...Fish...64
When tribulation rises...Fish...80
Whose work can surpass the measure...Fish...61
Why, Saul? Why, Saul, do you persecute Me...Fish...11
Why then has the light been given...Fish...118
With heavy heart I kneel before You...Fish...103
With her cruse of alabaster...Grundtvig/Aaberg...220
With thankfulness give thanks! Rejoice with joy...Fish...4
Would that all Christians felt their need...Fish...47
You who exalt the humble...Fish...72
Your grace alone, O living Word...Fish...112
Your will, Christ, made the leper clean...Fish...33

Useful Hymns: Contents

So it's all over but some final touches, and obtaining permission to reprint two copyrighted texts: I have reached my goal for a super-sized, second edition of my book of (mainly) original hymns, with a few translations and whatnot. Here is a list of the hymns by title, numbered in the order they will appear in the book (not according to their numbering in this blog). In a later post, I will hurl some indices at you, as a taster of what's inside - in case this blog hasn't already completely spoiled it.

USEFUL HYMNS for Worship, Prayer, and Instruction in the Lutheran Home, School, or Church

TABLE OF CONTENTS

DEDICATION
1. Hymn for Christ-Centered Hymnody
2. Hymn for a Replenished Prayer Life
SEASONS OF THE CHURCH YEAR
3. Advent Hymn
4. Christmas Season Hymn
5. Passion Hymn
FEASTS OF THE CHURCH YEAR
6. Nativity Hymn
7. Christmas Hymn for the Unborn
8. Circumcision and Name of Jesus
9. Epiphany Hymn
10. Baptism of Jesus
11. Conversion of St. Paul
12. Presentation of Jesus
13. Fasting Hymn (Ash Wednesday)
14. Passover Hymn
15. Annunciation Hymn
16. Holy Week Hymn
17. Maundy Thursday Hymn
18. Ascension Hymn
19. Visitation Hymn
20. Reformation Hymn (1)
21. Reformation Hymn (2)
22. All Saints Hymn
23. Thanksgiving Hymn (or 14th Sunday after Trinity)
24. Commemoration Hymn
SUNDAYS OF THE CHURCH YEAR
25. Hymn for the 1st Sunday in Advent
26. Hymn for the 2nd Sunday in Advent
27. Gaudete Hymn (3rd Sunday in Advent)
28. Hymn for the 4th Sunday in Advent
29. Sunday After Christmas Hymn
30. Sunday After New Year Hymn
31. Christ Among the Doctors (1st Sunday after Epiphany)
32. Cana Hymn (2nd Sunday after Epiphany)
33. A Double Miracle (3rd Sunday after Epiphany)
34. Storm Hymn (4th Sunday after Epiphany)
35. Tares Hymn (5th Sunday after Epiphany)
36. Transfiguration Hymn (Last Sunday after Epiphany)
37. Septuagesima Hymn
38. Sower Hymn (Sexagesima Sunday)
39. Agape Hymn (Quinquagesima Sunday)
40. Hymn for Invocavit (1st Sunday in Lent)
41. Reminiscere Hymn (2nd Sunday in Lent)
42. Oculi Hymn (3rd Sunday in Lent)
43. Feeding the Five Thousand (Laetare, 4th Sunday in Lent)
44. Judica Hymn (5th Sunday in Lent)
45. Palm Sunday Hymn
46. Easter Hymn
47. Quasimodogeniti Hymn (1st Sunday after Easter)
48. Misericordias Domini Hymn (2nd Sunday after Easter)
49. Jubilate Hymn (3rd Sunday after Easter)
50. Cantate Hymn (4th Sunday after Easter)
51. Rogate Hymn (5th Sunday after Easter)
52. Exaudi Hymn (Sunday after Ascension)
53. Pentecost Hymn
54. Trinity Hymn (1)
55. Trinity Hymn (2)
56. Lazarus Hymn (1st Sunday after Trinity)
57. Feast of Love Hymn (2nd Sunday after Trinity)
58. Finding the Lost (3rd Sunday after Trinity)
59. Judging Rightly (4th Sunday after Trinity)
60. Fishers of Men Hymn (5th Sunday after Trinity)
61. Righteousness in Christ (6th Sunday after Trinity)
62. Feeding the Four Thousand (7th Sunday after Trinity)
63. Against False Prophets (8th Sunday after Trinity)
64. Stewards of the Word (9th Sunday after Trinity)
65. Spiritual Gifts Hymn (10th Sunday after Trinity)
66. Pharisee and Publican (11th Sunday after Trinity)
67. Ephphatha Hymn (12th Sunday after Trinity)
68. Good Samaritan Hymn (13th Sunday after Trinity)
69. Fruit of the Spirit (14th Sunday after Trinity)
70. Worry Hymn (15th Sunday after Trinity)
71. Nain Hymn (16th Sunday after Trinity)
72. Hymn for Humility (17th Sunday after Trinity)
73. Psalm 122 Hymn (18th Sunday after Trinity)
74. Paralytic Hymn (19th Sunday after Trinity)
75. Feast of Justification (20th Sunday after Trinity)
76. Healing the Official’s Son (21st Sunday after Trinity)
77. Hymn for a Forgiving Heart (22nd Sunday after Trinity)
78. Vocation Hymn (23rd Sunday after Trinity)
79. Help in Affliction (24th Sunday after Trinity)
80. Last Days Hymn (25th Sunday after Trinity)
81. Sheep and Goats (26th Sunday after Trinity)
82. Wise and Foolish Virgins (27th Sunday after Trinity)
LITURGICAL HYMNS
83. Hymn to Enter
84. Te Deum Hymn
85. Magnificat Hymn
86. Nunc Dimittis Hymn
87. Hymn to Depart
CATECHETICAL HYMNS
88. First Commandment Hymn
89. Second Commandment Hymn
90. Third Commandment Hymn
91. Fourth Commandment Hymn
92. Fifth Commandment Hymn
93. Sixth Commandment Hymn
94. Seventh Commandment Hymn
95. Eighth Commandment Hymn
96. Ninth Commandment Hymn
97. Tenth Commandment Hymn
98. Athanasian Creed Hymn
99. Lord’s Prayer Hymn
100. Morning and Evening Prayers
101. Baptism Hymn
102. An Anatomy of Penitence (Confession and Absolution)
103. Confession Hymn
104. Presence Hymn (Sacrament of the Altar)
105. Lord’s Supper Hymn (2)
106. Lord’s Supper Hymn (3)
107. On the Efficacy of God’s Word
108. Word Hymn
109. Law and Gospel Hymn
110. Sacraments Hymn
111. On Worship: A Hymn
112. Sola Gratia Hymn
SCRIPTURAL MEDITATION
113. Inspiration Hymn
114. Creation Hymn
115. The Royal Wedding Feast
116. Inheritance Hymn
117. Prophet, Priest and King
118. Job 3:20-26 Hymn
119. Exsurgat Deus (Psalm 68)
120. Venite, Exultemus (Psalm 95)
121. Dilexi Quoniam (Psalm 116)
122. Confitemini Domino (Psalm 118)
123. Proverbs 30:5 Hymn
124. Isaiah 55 Hymn
125. Micah 7 Hymn
126. On John’s “I Am” Christology
127. Scandal of the Cross Hymn
CHURCH AND MINISTRY
128. Remnant Hymn
129. Mission Statement
130. The Confessional Church
131. Hymn for the Word of Life (The Holy Ministry)
132. Citadel Hymn
133. Stewardship Hymn
134. Pastoral Call Hymn
135. Wedding Hymn
136. The Child in Christ
HEROES OF FAITH
137. Noah Hymn (A Type of Baptism)
138. Abraham Hymn (For Justifying Faith)
139. Jacob Hymn (Wrestling with God)
140. Joseph Hymn (Blessing Through Affliction)
141. Moses Hymn (Strength in Weakness)
142. Joshua Hymn (For a Devout Heart)
143. David Hymn (The Gift of Penitence)
144. Elijah Hymn (Strength for Faithful Ministry)
145. Elisha Hymn (Trusting God’s Means)
146. Isaiah Hymn (For Christ-Centered Ministry)
147. Daniel Hymn (For Faithful Testimony)
148. Minor Prophets Hymn (Warning and Promise)
149. Four Evangelists Hymn (Power of the Gospel)
150. Twelve Apostles Hymn (For the Apostolic Faith)
151. Women of the Faith
152. Timothy Hymn (For Faithful Youth)
153. Onesimus & Philemon (Honor in Humble Service)
154. Seven Churches of the Apocalypse (For Perseverance)
COMFORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT
155. Hymn for Evening or Dying
156. Burial Hymn (1)
157. Burial Hymn (2)
158. Burial Hymn (3)
159. Burial Hymn (4)
160. Burial of One Whose Spiritual Condition Is Unknown
161. Hymn of Grief
162. Hymn for Stronger Faith
163. Prayer Hymn
164. Hymn for Patience
165. Cross-Bearing Hymn
166. Hymn in the Hour of Temptation
167. Hymn for the Struggle Against Sin
168. Hymn of Hunger and Thirst for the Sacrament
169. Humiliation Hymn
170. Cleansing Hymn
171. Pruning Hymn
172. Amen Hymn
173. Freedom Song
174. Sign or Norm
175. Grafting Hymn (1)
176. Grafting Hymn (2)
177. Hymn for Spiritual Warfare
178. Hymn for the Mediation of Christ
179. Hymn for the Second Coming of Christ
180. Stewardship Hymn
181. Angels of the Lord Hymn
182. Farewell Hymn
183. In the World, but Not of the World
184. A Confession of Faith
185. Psalm of a Sinner-Saint
CARE OF THE COMMUNITY
186. Disaster Hymn
187. Journey Hymn
188. Agriculture Hymn
189. Labor Hymn
190. Mental Illness Hymn
191. Disability Hymn
192. For the Body Politic
193. Intercession for the Sick
194. For the Despised and Rejected
195. For Troubled Families
196. For Healing of Division
197. For Courage
198. For a Cheerful Heart
HYMNS FOR CHILDREN
199. Opening and Closing of Preschool
200. Baptismal Birthday Song
201. Table Grace Hymn
TRANSLATED HYMNS [My translations of other authors' hymns]
202. Weisse’s Advent Hymn
203. Weisse’s Hymn to the Incarnation
204. A German Christmas Cradle-Song
205. A Latin-German Christmas Carol
206. Gerhardt’s Christmas Hymn
207. Sacer’s Christmas Hymn
208. Luther’s Easter Hymn
209. Luther’s Paraphrase of Psalm 14
210. Alber’s Hymn for the Coming Judgment
ORIGINAL TUNES TO EXISTING HYMNS [My tunes to other authors' hymns]
211. Grundtvig’s Christmas Carol
212. Wilbur’s Christmas Hymn
213. Gerhardt’s Resurrection Hymn
214. Matthew Carver’s Pentecost Hymn
215. Franzmann’s Hymn for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity
216. Alan Kornacki’s Hymn for the 5th Sunday after Trinity
217. Mark Preus’s Hymn for the 14th Sunday after Trinity
218. Mark Preus’s Hymn for the 15th Sunday after Trinity
219. Mark Preus’s Hymn for Synodical Delegates
220. Grundtvig’s Anointing at Bethany Hymn
221. Matthew Carver’s House on the Rock Hymn
222. David Rosenkoetter’s Baptism Hymn

201. Women of the Faith Hymn

With this hymn I surpassed my goal of 200 hymns planned for the "expanded edition" of my book Useful Hymns, with a "heroes of the faith" topic I have been planning to write on for a long time. The tune I picked for it is ROCKINGHAM by Lowell Mason, 1830. It's an attempt to make as much as possible of the contribution of women to the Bible's salvation history without sliding into the "let's ordain women" error, which is unfaithful to the Bible. Excuse it for being long. Believe me, it could have been longer.
Hymn for Women of the Faith

1. God bless, uphold the faithful lives
Of mothers, daughters, sisters, wives,
Whose love at home, at work, abroad,
Upholds the church and blesses God!

2. For even Eve, when You had sworn
A Savior would through her be born,
Shrank not from childbirth’s dreadful pain,
Inventing motherhood with Cain.

3. Though Sarah laughed to hear the word
Her dry womb was to be restored,
Your promise was what made her say
The handmaid’s son must go away.

4. While Leah’s sister hotly strove
To grasp their husband’s tender love,
In her sons’ names we see her trace
Her fruitful bearing to Your grace.

5. Tamar and Rahab both bore fruit,
And though they were of ill repute,
You turned to them a pard’ning face
And knit them in Your line of grace.

6. Naomi’s love for pious Ruth
Knit her into Your grace and truth;
And though she sprang from Moab’s side,
Boaz redeemed her as his bride.

7. Then Mary, when the time was ripe,
Became to them an antitype;
Of her, without a husband’s seed,
Was born the Savior all men need.

8. The first to greet the Christ with joy,
Elizabeth’s yet unborn boy
Leaped at the virgin mother’s voice;
She was the second to rejoice.

9. A certain Mary sat and heard
The word of God’s incarnate Word;
Another, at His last low bed,
First saw the Firstborn from the dead.

10. Give Annas, Miriams, and more,
Dear Savior, from Your mercy’s store,
Who will bear witness of Your love
To those who seek the realm above!

11. Should men their godly duty fail,
Raise up a Debòrah, a Jael,
To bear the banner of Your name
And put its enemies to shame!

12. Now, as with Lydia, dear Lord,
Our hearts prise open to Your word,
Whereby we take Your kingdom come
Into our ears, our mouth, our home!

13. As, clasping Lois’ faithful knee,
And Eunice’s, young Timothy
Was taught Your doctrine’s written norm,
Keep in our view the sound words’ form!

14. As with Priscilla’s counsel wise,
Correct false teachers who arise;
Lest from Your way we blindly swerve,
Let each within her calling serve!

15. At last, our Bridegroom strong and true,
Present us all as bride to You
In wedding robes of spotless good:
The perfect type of womanhood!

200. Isaiah Hymn

I think I worked on this hymn longer than any other poem I have ever written. Most of that labor, however, was done before I wrote a single word of it. It takes time to digest 66 chapters of prophetic poetry. The list of one-line abstracts of references I could have used in this hymn was longer than the hymn itself, so obviously selection and compression were key parts of the process. While writing it, I didn't consider what tune it would sing to; I was dismayed to realize afterward that my least objectionable choice was to re-use the Norwegian folk-tune HVOR DET BLIR GODT Å LANDE, which I never felt quite suited the last hymn I set to it. So I whipped up a quick, original tune...
Isaiah hymn, for Christ-centered ministry

A prophet meek and lowly
The Lord’s appearing saw;
The seraph-sung Thrice Holy
Isaiah heard with awe.
“Alas, I am undone,” he said;
An angel from the altar sped
To cleanse with unction coaly
His sin-polluted jaw.

His testimony binding,
He waited, Lord, on You,
The name “God-With-Us” finding
Both full of hope and true;
He hailed You Prince of David’s line,
And set Your virgin birth as sign
Through ages dark and winding,
To sages far and few.

Both Jesse’s Root and Scion,
Both David’s Lord and Son,
A Cornerstone in Zion,
A Savior, Mighty One:
Of You Isaiah sang, dear Lord,
In oracles so richly poured,
As if he trained his eye on
All that You since have done.

A righteous King expecting,
God calling God he saw;
God sending God, directing
That He should serve His law;
God serving God for sinners’ sake,
That we be healed, our stripes to take;
God dreadfully correcting
That Servant without flaw.

Thereby he saw You making
A covenant of peace,
Then to all nations taking
Redemption and release;
From sin and death a setting loose;
A world remade for holy use
Till, earth and heaven shaking,
You bid all striving cease.

Garb us, Lord, to receive You
In robes of righteousness,
And with that seer believe You
Accept such blood-stained dress;
Upon You train our hopeful eyes,
And through Isaiah’s word, the prize,
That though we sin and grieve You,
You will restore and bless!

Hosannah to the Holy,
The Holy, Holy Lord,
The God of hosts, whom solely
All angels praise accord!
Let all that was, is, and will be
To Three in One and One in Three
Be dedicated wholly
By all the ransomed horde!