Today, March 17th, is St. Patrick's Day.
I suppose that this day receives much more "celebrating" (good and bad) in America than it does in Ireland, but it's still a very popular "holiday" with many people. It is said that EVERYONE is at least "a little bit Irish" on St. Patrick's Day!
For the last few years, I've uploaded versions/arrangements of the most famous Irish melody, "Londonderry Air" (Danny Boy), but, much as I looked, I couldn't find a "new" one to do! So, I thought I'd upload it as a hymn, with a splendid harmonization by Michael Fleming (1928-2006).
Fleming had a distinguished career, as both organist, teacher and trainer of boys voices. He was a champion of traditional Anglo-Catholicism, and a hero to all those with the same leanings - of which I am one.
This grand harmonization is found in the "New English Hymnal," and I've attached it below.
The text, while not having anything to do with St. Patrick is moving, solid, and emotional, especially when wedded to the tune.
It was written by Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926), the writer of more than 400 hymns, many of extreme beauty and quality.
The score is attached below, as well as are photos of Michael Fleming and Timothy Dudley-Smith.
The text is given in the first comment.