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Tune Showcase: Dennis

Categories: Hymnody Music

Metre: Short Metre (
Composer: Johann Naegeli

Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) was an influential music educator who lectured throughout Germany and France. Influenced by Johann Pestalozzi, he published his theories of music education in Gangbildungslehre (1810), a book that made a strong impact on Lowell Mason. Nageli composed mainly” choral works, including settings of Goethe’s poetry. He received his early instruction from his father, then in Zurich, where he concentrated on the music of. S. Bach. In Zurich, he also established a lending library and a publishing house, which published first editions of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and music by Bach, Handel, and Frescobaldi.


The tune Dennis is found in the following hymnals:

1888 Hymn and Tune Book
– Hymns 688-690
– Hymns 1086-1090

1908 Christ in Song
– Hymn #181, Give Thy Youth To God
– Hymn #416, Blest Be The Tie
– Hymn #743, Blessed Hope

1941 Church Hymnal
– Hymn #379, There Is A Blessed Hope
– Hymn #432, Blest Be The Tie
– Hymn #439, With Willing Hearts We Tread

1985 Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal
– Hymn #350, Bless Be The Tie That Binds


Blest Be the Tie That Binds (Dennis)

Psalm 25:4-7 (1st Version) Dennis Scottish Metrical Psalter 1650

Psalm 25:4-7 (1st Version) Lyrics
4 Show me thy ways, O Lord;
thy paths, O teach thou me:
5 And do thou lead me in thy truth,
therein my teacher be:
For thou art God that dost
to me salvation send,
And I upon thee all the day
expecting do attend.

6 Thy tender mercies, Lord,
I pray thee to remember,
And loving-kindnesses; for they
have been of old for ever.
7 My sins and faults of youth
do thou, O Lord, forget:
After thy mercy think on me,
and for thy goodness great.

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