John Ellerton (b. London, England, 1826; d. Torquay, Devonshire, England, 1893) Educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1851. He served six parishes, spending the longest time in Crewe Green (1860-1872), a church of steelworkers and farmers. Ellerton wrote and translated about eighty hymns, many of which are still sung today. He helped to compile Church Hymns and wrote its handbook, Notes and Illustrations to Church Hymns (1882). Some of his other hymn texts were published in The London Mission Hymn Book (1884).
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ARFON is originally a six-phrase Welsh folk tune in minor tonality entitled 'Tros y Garreg." Named for a district on the mainland of northern Wales opposite Mon and Anglesey, the tune was published in Edward Jones's Relicks of the Welsh Bards (1784). In the later nineteenth century ARFON was associa…
REDHEAD 76 is named for its composer, who published it as number 76 in his influential Church Hymn Tunes, Ancient and Modern (1853) as a setting for the hymn text "Rock of Ages." It has been associated with Psalm 51 since the 1912 Psalter, where the tune was named AJALON. The tune is also known as P…
Display Title: Throned Upon the Awful TreeFirst Line: Throned upon the awful treeTune Title: SPANISH HYMNAuthor: John EllertonMeter: 7s. 6 l.Scripture: Matthew 27:36Date: 2017Subject: Christ | Suffering and Death
Display Title: Throned upon the Awful TreeFirst Line: Throned upon the awful treeTune Title: ARFONAuthor: John EllertonMeter: 220.127.116.11.7.7.Scripture: Mark 15:34Date: 1990Subject: Christ | Loneliness of; God | Nearness of; Jesus Christ | His Suffering
Display Title: Throned upon the Awful TreeFirst Line: Throned upon the awful treeTune Title: AFRONAuthor: John EllertonMeter: 18.104.22.168.7.7.Scripture: Mark 15:33-39Date: 2018Subject: Christ | Abiding with Believers; Christ | Passion and Atoning Death of; Christ | Suffering of