Submitted to the Archive by Paul Howarth
Note: * indicates an arrangement of an existing tune rather than an original composition by Sullivan.
Clicking on the name of the tune will take you to a web page where you can view the score and words, and hear a MIDi file of the tune.
|Tune||First Line||PDF File|
|Adoro Te*||Saviour, again to Thy dear name we raise|
|All This Night||All this night bright angels sing|
|Angel Voices||Angel voices, ever singing|
|Audite audientes me||I heard the voice of Jesus say|
|Bethlehem*||While shepherd's watched their flocks|
|Bishopgarth||O King of Kings, Whose reign of old|
|Bolwell||Thou to whom the sick and dying|
|Carrow||My God, I thank Thee Who has made|
|Chapel Royal||O love that wilt not let me go|
|Christus||Show me not only Jesus dying|
|Clarence||Winter reigneth o'er the land|
|Coena Domini||Draw nigh, and take the body of the Lord|
|Come Unto Me*||Come unto Me, ye weary|
|Constance||I've found a Friend; oh, such a Friend|
|Coronae||Crown Him, with many crowns|
|Courage, Brother||Courage, brother, do not stumble|
|Dominion Hymn||God bless our wide dominion|
|Dulce Sonans||Angel voices, ever singing|
|Ecclesia||The church has waited long|
|Ellers*||Saviour, again to Thy dear name we raise|
|Evelyn||In the hour of my distress|
|Ever faithful||Let us with a gladsome mind|
|Fatherland (St. Edmund)||I'm but a stranger here|
|Formosa (Falfield)||Love Divine, all love excelling|
|Fortunatus||Welcome, happy morning!|
|Golden Sheaves||To Thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise|
|Hanford||Jesu, my Saviour, look on me|
|Heber (Gennesareth)||When through the torn sail|
|Holy City||Sing Alleluia forth in duteous praise|
|Hushed was the Evening Hymn||Hushed was the evening hymn|
|Hymn of the Homeland||The homeland, the homeland|
|Lacrymae||Lord, in this Thy mercy's day|
|Leominster*||A few more years shall roll|
|Light*||Holy Spirit! Come in might!|
|Litany (1)||Jesu, life of those who die|
|Litany (2)||Jesu, we are far away|
|Long Home, The||Tender Shepherd, Thou hast still'd|
|Lux eoi||All is bright and cheeful round us|
|Lux in Tenebris||Lead, kindly Light|
|Lux Mundi||O Jesu, Thou art standing|
|Marlborough*||O Strength and Stay, upholding all creation|
|Mount Zion||Rock of Ages, cleft for me|
|Nearer Home*||For ever with the Lord|
|Noel*||It came upon the midnight clear|
|Old 137th*||Great King of nations, hear our prayer|
|Parting*||With the sweet word of peace|
|Pilgrimage||From Egypt's bondage come|
|Promissio Patris||Our blest Redeemer, ere He breathed|
|Propior Deo||Nearer, my God, to Thee|
|Rest||Art thou weary, art thou languid|
|Resurrexit||Christ is risen!|
|Roseate Hues, The||The roseate hues of early dawn|
|Safe Home||Safe home, safe home in port|
|St. Ann*||The Son of God goes forth to war|
|St. Francis||O Father, who hast created all|
|St. Gertrude||Onward, Christian soldiers|
|St. Kevin||Come, ye faithful, raise the strain|
|St. Lucian||Of Thy love some gracious token|
|St. Luke (St. Nathaniel)||God moves in a mysterious way|
|St. Mary Magdalene||Saviour, when in dust to Thee|
|St. Millicent||Let no tears to-day be shed|
|St. Patrick||He is gone - a cloud of light|
|St. Theresa||Brightly gleams our banner|
|Saints of God||The Saints of God, their conflict past.|
|Springtime*||For all Thy love and goodness|
|Strain Upraise, The||The Strain upraise in joy and praise|
|Thou God of Love||Thou God of Love, beneath Thy sheltering wing|
|Ultor Omnipotens||God the all terrible! King who ordainest|
|Valete||Sweet Saviour, bless us 'ere we go|
|Veni, Creator||Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire|
|Victoria||To mourn our dead we gather here|
From 1861 to 1872, Arthur Sullivan held the post of organist at two of London's fashionable churches: St. Michael's, Chester Square, Pimlico and St. Peter's, Cranley Gardens, Kensington. His earliest hymn tunes were composed during this period. In 1867 he contributed to "Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship", a collection compiled for use by the Presbyterian Church in England, and in the following year to "A Hymnal, chiefly from The Book of Praise" edited by John Hullah. In 1872, twelve new tunes by Sullivan were included in "The Hymnary", edited by Joseph Barnby.
In 1874, Sullivan himself edited "Church Hymns with Tunes", published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. He included fourteen tunes of his own which had been published previously besides composing twenty four new tunes and harmonizing or arranging a further sixty eight specifically for that book. "Church Hymns with Tunes" went through two subsequent editions of 1875 and 1881.
Also in 1874 four new tunes were included in the "New Church Hymn Book" and "Carrow" appeared in 1875, setting words by Adelaide Anne Procter, the author of "The Lost Chord".
In 1897 Sullivan composed "Bishopgarth" as the setting of the official hymn celebrating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
In 1902, Novello published a collection of fifty six hymn tunes by Sullivan which included four unpublished tunes whose manuscripts were found amongst his papers after his death.
For some, Sullivan's hymn tunes represent the epitomy of Victorian sentimentality, and it must be admitted that several of them provide ammunition for those who would argue that Sullivan turned to hymn tune writing not from any deep religious conviction but simply as a way of making money. But the best of them are memorable, well suited to congregational singing and show a real sensitivity to the words.
It cannot be denied that the popularity of Sullivan's hymn tunes with compilers of hymn books declined during the twentieth century. Whilst it was not unusual for a nineteenth century hymn book to contain approaching thirty Sullivan tunes, the (British) Methodist Hymn Book of 1933 contains but fifteen and its successor, "Hymns and Psalms" of 1983 contains only three.
In compiling this collection, I have included all Sullivan's known original tunes and a selection of his best known harmonizations and arrangements. I have, wherever possible, associated the tunes with their original words.