Composer: Orlando Gibbons

Orlando Gibbons (baptised 25 December 1583 – 5 June 1625) was an English composer, virginalist and organist of the late Tudor and early Jacobean periods. He was a leading composer in the England of his day. Gibbons was born in Cambridge and christened at Oxford the same year – thus appearing in Oxford church records. Between 1596 and 1598 he sang in the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, where his brother Edward Gibbons (1568–1650), eldest of the four sons of William Gibbons, was master of the choristers. The second brother Ellis Gibbons (1573–1603) was also a promising composer, but died young. Orlando entered the university in 1598 and achieved the degree of Bachelor of Music in 1606. James I appointed him a Gentleman of th… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: SONG 22
Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1623)
Incipit: 55365 54352 23142
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Love of the Father, love of God the Son

Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart

Spirit of God, who dwells within my heart,
wean it from sin, through all its pulses move.
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as you are,
and make me love you as I ought to love.

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Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • 200 Last Verses: Completely Revised to Complement the Keys in Major Hymn Books
    Composer/Editor Noel Rawsthorne
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 167
  • Last Verse Extravaganza for Organ: 200 Fabulous Arrangements
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2001) pp. 169
  • More Hymns for Occasions: One Hundred Special Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Colin Mawby
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1997) pp. 73
  • After the Last Verse: 200 Hymn Improvisations
    Composer/Editor Malcolm Archer
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1995) pp. 166

Organ Solo

  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 68 Number 5 May June 2005: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; David Paxton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2005) pp. 90
  • The Organist's Library Volume 39
    Composer/Editor David Paxton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2005) pp. 90
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 26 Number 2 January 2004 General, Lent, Holy Week, Funerals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; John Hebden Schaffner
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (2004) pp. 17
  • International Collection of Nineteenth Century Hymn tune Preludes
    Composer/Editors Barbara Owen; Charles Villiers Stanford
    Published By: Belwin-Mills Publishing Corporation (1982) pp. 28
  • Thirty-Five Interludes on Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Joseph W. Clokey
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1958) pp. 26


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1170
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #3881
Text: Love of the Father
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 12 of 12)

Ancient and Modern #253

Ancient and Modern #493


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1170

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #495

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Common Praise #186

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #432

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CPWI Hymnal #284

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Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #495


Small Church Music #1898


The Cyber Hymnal #3881

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The Hymnal 1982 #703

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The New English Hymnal #409

Include 18 pre-1979 instances
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