One there is above all others/O how he loves

One there is above all others/O how he loves. Marianne Nunn* (1778-1841).  This is a reworking of the hymn by John Newton*, ‘One there is above all others’* to fit the Welsh tune AR HYD Y NOS (‘All through the night’), found in Edward Jones’s Music and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards (1784). The words were published in Marianne’s brother John’s Psalms and Hymns from the most Approved Authors; and intended to assist the worship of the church, family, and closet (Third Edition, 1817). The short lines of the hymn were happily adapted to the four syllables of ‘ar Hyd y Nos’, and Newton’s line 3, ‘His is love beyond a brother’s’ forms line 3 of Nunn’s stanza 1. Thereafter her hymn is a...

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