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--"Northern Lights" (aka "The Golden Compass") by Philip Pullman (p. 282)

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Pianonoise Radio

program for August 15-August 30

 A Celebration of Early American Hymn Tunes
  18 min.
A collection of tunes written in the 17th-19th centuries as arranged by cousin Marteau. Whether by the famous and prolific composer Anonymous or in most cases known composers, two not strictly American (and by strictly I mean not at all!) but like so many things, have either emigrated or been appropriated/stolen, and now seem as if they had always been American--these lively renderings generally take the hymns one at a time, but occasionally several at once, and you may hear an interruption from at least one modern device spoiling, or perhaps dialoguing with, our sense of the storied past.

Blow ye the trumpet, blow!   ("Lenox" by Lewis Edson -- 1782)
Old Hundredth  ("Old 100th" attr. to Louis Bourgeois -- 1551) English
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms 
("Showalter" by Anthony Showalter -- 1887)
Pisgah  (American trad. 1816)
Jesus Calls Us (DWJ) 
("Galilee" by William Jude -- 1874) English
Pass me not I am standing on the gentle Savior's everlasting arms, Hallelujah! (19th  c. hymns)
Are We There Yet? 
("Promised Land" from The Southern Harmony, 1835)