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06 January 2014
hymns - Christmas, uncommon, a guide to the series

In Christmastide 2013/14 this blog undertook an analysis of all the Christmas hymns in the Episcopal The Hymnal 1982, focusing especially on those hymns that are the least commonly sung and the reasons for their popularity or lack thereof.

Table of Contents

Note that this series discussed hymns in declining order of popularity using a scale of 1 to 11 with 11 being unbelievably popular, 10 being the most popular, and 1 being the least popular.

Part 1: Background, Methodology, Turning it up to 11: Incredibly popular Christmas hymns

Part 2: Level 10: The well-designed super-classics; Level 9: The sugary classics; Level 8: Other classics, but with tune issues

Part 3: Tier 7: Deeper cuts; Tier 6: A certain earthiness

Part 4: Code 5: Middle ground; Code 4: An oddball

Part 5: Region 3: Uncommon tunes for hymns already discussed; Region 2: The truly uncommon

Part 6: Area 1: The most uncommon; Conclusions

An index to the hymns by first line

Links to the Part of the series in which the hymn is discussed.
First line Part Score
A child is born in BethlehemPart 61
A stable lamp is lightedPart 45
Angels from the realms of gloryPart 28
Angels we have heard on highPart 210
Away in a mangerPart 37
Break forth, O beauteous heavenly lightPart 44
Christians awake, salute the happy mornPart 52
Dost thou in a manger liePart 61
Duérmete, Niño lindoPart 61
From east to west, from shore to shorePart 61
From heaven above to earth I comePart 45
Go tell it on the mountainPart 37
God rest you merry, gentlemenPart 29
Good Christian friends, rejoicePart 29
Hark! the herald angels singPart 111
In the bleak midwinterPart 36
It came upon the midnight clear (CAROL)Part 29
It came upon the midnight clear (NOEL)Part 53
Joy to the world! the Lord is comePart 210
Lo, how a rose e'er bloomingPart 28
Love came down at ChristmasPart 45
Now yield we thanks and praise Part 61
O come, all ye faithfulPart 111
O little town of Bethlehem (ST. LOUIS)Part 29
O little town of Bethlehem (FOREST GREEN)Part 28
O savior of our fallen race (GONFALON ROYAL)Part 36
O savior of our fallen race (CHRISTE, REDEMPTOR OMNIUM) Part 53
Of the Father's love begottenPart 37
On this day earth shall ringPart 36
Once in royal David's cityPart 29
Silent night, holy nightPart 111
Sing, O sing, this blessed mornPart 52
The first Nowell the angel did sayPart 210
The snow lay on the groundPart 36
Twas in the moon of wintertimePart 36
Unto us a boy is bornPart 37
What child is this, who, laid to restPart 210
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (WINCHESTER OLD)Part 28
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (HAMPTON)Part 52

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