Composer: Thomas Jarman

Thomas Jarman was born on 21st December 1776 in Clipston, a small village near the northern border of the County of Northampton. His father was not only a Baptist lay preacher, but also a tailor, and Thomas was brought up in the same trade, although his brother, John, followed his father’s calling to become a minister. His natural taste for music, however, considerably interfered with his work, and he was frequently reduced to dire straits, from which only the extreme liberality of his publishers relieved him. He was a man of fine, commanding presence, but self-willed, and endowed with a considerable gift of irony, as choirs frequently found to their cost. Weston quotes from Kant that Jarman neglected his work and ‘this kept him poor… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Thomas Jarman (c. 1803)
Place Of Origin: England
Meter: with repeats
Incipit: 13456 54343 12713
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain;Public Domain


O for a Thousand Tongues

O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!

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LYNGHAM is a fuguing tune by Thomas Jarman (b. Clipston, Northamptonshire, England, 1776; d. Clipston, 1862), published in his Sacred Music (around 1803). Jarman was a tailor by vocation, but he much preferred his musical avocation. He composed many hymn tunes, which were published in seventeen collections, including The Northamptonshire Harmony (1826), as well as in The Wesleyan Methodist periodical. Jarman was a popular choral director at the Clipston Baptist Chapel and at music festivals in neighboring villages.

Typical of fuguing tunes, LYNGHAM begins chordally and then moves to imitative lines that require part singing as well as repetition of some of the textual phrases. The tune has also been effectively set to "Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing" (501).

The tune works well for choral singing and for congregational singing in parts. The rhythmic vitality of the music needs brisk organ accompaniment, but keep the accompaniment light as well as vigorous!

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #404
Text: Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem
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Text: Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem
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