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You’ll see that I have “recycled” the words from the Advent Nunc Dimittis by setting them to a different tune: Von Himmel Hoch, or “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come.” What would a Lutheran choral setting of the liturgy be without a tune by Martin Luther, after all?! And I try to stay pretty faithful to the classic texts for these principal parts of the service, so I don’t get real “creative!” But since many hymns share the same “meter” (the number of beats, or syllables, per line), it means that one set of words can be used to different hymns, depending on the season of the church year and the familiarity of a given tune. Now you know my secret.

 

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