The Corner

Two Tunes

Andrew: When my mother was in her last illness, I asked her what she would like to have sung at her funeral. “Well,” she said, “Either ‘Crimond’ or

’Abide With Me,’ I don’t really mind.” I pointed out that we had sung

“Abide With Me” at my father’s funeral. Mum: “Oh, that’s right. ‘Crimond,’

then.” And “Crimond” it was. [Note for non-Anglican readers: “Crimond” is

the tune to which Anglicans usually sing the 23rd Psalm. The name comes

from the village in Aberdeenshire where Jessie Seymour Irvine, apparently

while just a teenager, composed the tune as an exercise for an organists’

class she was attending, circa 1855.]

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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