On the day of Pentecost
On the day of Pentecost. Thomas Charles Hunter Clare* (1910-1984).
This is Clare’s best known hymn in Britain. Hymnary.org dates the writing of the words as 1950, which was the year in which he published The Voice of Praise (Leicester, 1950). It is a skilful and economical versification of the narrative of the first Whit-Sunday, in five stanzas. The principal tune is by Erik Routley*, given the name WHITSUN CAROL. It was composed in 1960 (but not used, because of some copyright problem with the words) for Routley’s University Carol Book. A Collection of Carols from Many Lands, for All Seasons (1961). As its title suggests, it presents the words as a carol for Pentecost. This was used by...
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