Tunes Needed

This page lists hymns for which we’re seeking tunes matching their meters. In each section, we list the meter first, then the first stanza of the hymn. If you want to see the entire hymn, you can usually find it by Googling the first line. If you know where to get tunes that will fit the lyrics, please let us know!

We prefer existing hymn tunes, but if you’re a published composer, we welcome new tunes, as well. If submitting a new tune, please arrange in SATB, playable by piano or organ. Thanks!


They speak to me of princely Tyre,
That old Phoenician gem,
Great Sidon’s daughter of the north;
But I will speak of Bethlehem.

Horatius Bonar, 1861, alt.

The Christmas bells! what glad wild notes
They fling against the wintry sky,
And how their clanging iron throats
Catch back the echoes ere they die
For many hundred years ago
Was born into this world below,
A humble Babe—a mighty King—
Whose endless praise the angels sing,
While men adore.

Mary Frances Tupper, 1863

Apostles of the risen Christ, go forth!
Let love compel.
Go, and in risen power proclaim his worth,
O’er every region of the dead, cold earth,
His glory tell!

Horatius Bo­nar, 1861.

See! where in shame the God of glory hangs,
All bathed in His own blood:
See! how the nails pierce with a thousand pangs
Those hands so good.

Translated by Edward Cas­wall from the Latin As­pi­ce in­fa­mi De­us ip­se lig­no
Lyra Mes­si­an­i­ca, p. 168

All hail! Holy day! We welcome again
With grateful rejoicing the morn
Which brought the glad news to the Judean plain
Of Jesus—Immanuel—born!

Emma F. R. Camp­bell, 1910