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Come, Christians, join to sing
Loud praise to Christ our King;
Let all, with heart and voice,
Before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice.
Come, lift your hearts on high,
Let praises fill the sky;
He is our Guide and Friend;
To us He’ll condescend;
His love shall never end.
Praise yet our Christ again,
Life shall not end the strain;
On heaven’s blissful shore,
His goodness we’ll adore,
|I first heard this tune when
it was performed by a church hand bell choir, and was struck by the
wonderful harmonies of the different bell parts. Unfortunately, I neglected
to save the bulletin from the service that week, so I taught the tune at
workshops for a number of years under the name "The Hand Bell Song".
Fortunately, a few years ago one of my students recognized it as the hymn
in the Methodist hymnal titled "Come Christians Join To Sing". The words to
that hymn were written in 1843 by a Scottish minister from Edinburgh named
Christian H. Bateman, and published as part of a collection of hymns
entitled "The Sacred Songbook". The melody is a traditional Spanish hymn
tune called "Madrid", or "Spanish Hymn". |
I've written this arrangement for 4 dulcimers.
Each part is "layered in", one at a time. "Dulcimer 1"starts with the basic
melody in drone style (played on the middle string) The second time through,
the "Dulcimer 2" part adds in the backup chords (formed off of the bass
string). "Dulcimer 3" is added the third time through the piece, providing a
counter-melody/harmony part. "Dulcimer 4" has the melody being played an
octave higher, and in the chord/melody style.