Tune Name: Kelvingrove
Alternate Texts: Will You Come and See the Light from the Stable Door?; When You Prayed Beneath the Trees; Is the City All They Say It Is – Just Dirt and Noise?
Fun Fact: The original text to the Scottish tune Kelvingrove was very adult-themed (!) before John L. Bell and Graham Maule penned a new sacred text, The Summons, thus making it appropriate for worship services.
- The Summons by John L. Bell and Graham Mule asks “Will you come and follow me” then follows that question with fifteen more questions. (The toughest possibly being “will you love the ‘you’ you hide?”)
- Will You Come and See the Light From the Stable Door?, a Christmas hymn by Brian A. Wren, asks the title question plus five more including “Will you hide, or decide to meet the light?” at the end of every. single. verse.
- Christopher Idle asks only one question (“When you cried upon your knees, how could it be, O Lord?”) in the hymn When You Prayed Beneath the Trees which outlines the events of Holy Week but…
- …in his hymn Is the City All They Say It Is – Just Dirt and Noise? he makes up for it by asking the title question plus nine others – including the sobering “will it stagger down to hell, or dance to heaven’s song?”
So I have to ask – does anyone else think that the tune Kelvingrove is a hymn writer’s playground for posing (challenging) questions?