Here’s a short quiz, for fun: For each of the following, name the modern-day green-book hymn whose tune was originally associated with these lyrics.
1. To Anacreon in Heav’n, where he sat in full glee,
a few Sons of Harmony sent a petition,
That he their Inspirer and Patron would be;
When this answer arrived from the Jolly Old Grecian
2. How dear to my heart are the scenes of my childhood
When fond recollection presents them to view
The orchard, the meadow, the deep tangled wildwood,
And ev’ry loved spot which my infancy knew
. . .
And e’en the rude bucket that hung in the well.
The old oaken bucket, the iron bound bucket,
The moss covered bucket that hung in the well.
3. O Columbia! the gem of the ocean,
The home of the brave and the free,
The shrine of each patriot’s devotion,
A world offers homage to thee;
4. O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
5. A life on the ocean wave!
A home on the rolling deep!
Where the scattered waters rave,
and the winds their revels keep!
Which ones do you recognize? And which original lyrics to current hymn melodies can you add to the list?