Several weeks (months?) ago, I uploaded some hymns with texts by Cecil Francis Alexander (April 1818 – 12 October 1895), well-known as a hymn-writer and poet.
At that time I included a photo of a window in St. Columb's Cathedral, Derry, Ireland, that was erected as a memorial to her. In that window, it quotes three of her most well-known hymns: "Once, in royal David's city" (Christmas), "There is a green hill far away" (Good Friday), and "The golden gates are lifted up" (Ascension). The first two are famous and widely used, but the third one appears to have disappeared from usage.
My very good friend, and our member, Leon1949Green asked if I knew this "rare" one, and I said that I did not, but if I ever found it, I would upload it and dedicate it to him. Well, I found it, and since today is Ascension Day, Leon, THIS is dedicated with friendship to you!
The tune is called, "Mirfield," and was composed by Arthur Cottman (Circa November 1841, Ringwood, Hampshire, England.
Died: Circa May 1879, Brentford, Middlesex, England.)
Cottman was a solicitor and amateur musician. His works include: "Ten Original Tunes," dated 1874.
The tune is rather "typical" of the period and style, and is probably hurt a bit since it never really "takes off," tending to "hang around" the center of its range. Still, it's solid, and fits nicely with the words.
Leon, I THANK YOU for all your friendship, and I hope you enjoy this!
The score is attached below. I could not find a photo of Arthur Cottman, but a photo of C. F. Alexander is attached, as well as one of her memorial window in St. Columb's Cathedral.