Composer: Thomas Haweiss (1732 – 1820)
Haweis, Thomas, LL.B., M.D., born at Truro, Cornwall, 1732.
After practising for a time as a Physician, he entered Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated. Taking Holy Orders, he became Assistant Preacher to M. Madan at the Lock Hospital, London, and subsequently Rector of All Saints, Aldwincle, Northamptonshire. He was also Chaplain to Lady Huntingdon, and for several years officiated at her Chapel in Bath. He died at Bath, Feb. 11, 1820. He published several prose works, including A History of the Church, A Translation of the New Testament, and A Commentary on the Holy Bible.
His hymns, a few of which are of more than ordinary merit, were published in his Carmina Christo; or, Hymns to the Saviour.
This tune, named Richmond, was used with other texts as well, but also as a hymn for the Advent period.
Hark the glad sound! The Savior comes,
The Savior promised long;
Let ev'ry heart prepare a throne
And ev'ry voice a song.
He comes the pris'ners to release,
In Satan's bondage held.
The gates of brass before Him burst,
The iron fetters yield.
He comes the broken heart to bind,
The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of His grace
To enrich the humble poor.
Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
Thy welcome shall proclaim,
And heav'n's eternal arches ring
With Thy beloved name.
Philip Doddridge 1702-1751
Sorry for not using an English organ for this kind of hymns, but buying one will cost me some power of persuasion with my wife. I'm cooking up a formula which hopefully will work.
The Dom in Utrecht does very well though, a marvelous organ with great acoustics.
I played the last verse twice: the second time with Noel Rawthornes harmonies.