A couple outliers...But first... A little housekeeping. In my posts on two- and three-line hymn tunes, I neglected to mention two irregular specimens which may or may not fall into those categories, partly because my metrical index of the relevant hymn-books lumped them under such headings as "PM" (peculiar meter) or "Irr." (irregular meter), without bothering to count their number of lines per stanza. I've since updated my index to show that. But there was another reason these two tunes slipped by me when I was writing those posts: It's unclear what "number of lines per stanza" category they belong in. To explain this problem, let's look at the tunes.
Christe, du Lamm Gottes
Some super-sized hymn tunesAnd now, to the nitty-gritty: hymn-tunes that, judged according to the number of lines per stanza they were written to accommodate, are objectively huge. To put these tunes in perspective, I have curated 26 tunes for 12-line-stanza hymns, but only half that number (13), total, for all stanza structures of 13 lines or more. When you think of a Lutheran chorale that has a lengthy-stanza structure, the two examples that come to mind are probably the Queen and King of Chorales, Philip Nicolai's Wie schön leuchtet and Wachet auf; but they have only 11 and 12 lines respectively. Beyond that, we ascend into a rarefied atmosphere: a tiny bracket of relatively massive pieces, in the context of hymn-tunes, which are after all a miniature form of music. We're in a realm of such unusually, idiosyncratically lengthy poetic and melodic stanza-structures that there ceases to be any point in keeping count of the number of syllables per line, as we can safely stick an "Irr." or a "PM" in the meter slot, and we recognize that these tunes exist to serve exactly one hymn-text each. For some reason, this lofty peak of hymnody seems to be inhabited, at least in Lutheran books, mostly by historically and spiritually significant Lutheran chorales.
13 linesHerzlich lieb hab ich dich
14 linesGott der Vater, wohn uns beiUseful Hymns.)
Mitten wir im Leben sind
15 linesKingly Love
Kyrie, Gott Vater
16 linesChrist ist erstanden
Salve festa dies
Jesaia dem Propheten
18 linesIn dir ist Freude
19 linesVictimæ paschali
20 linesPeace of God
21 linesHerr Gott, dich loben wir
1The Lutheran Service Book (Concordia Publishing House, 2006), the current LCMS hymnal.
2Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Augsburg Fortress, 2006), the current ELCA hymnal.
3...except for not being on a church body's clergy roster at present.