178 - Restore in Us, O God
There's something really creative about how James Hopkirk crafted this melody, with two 5/4 measures on the second line. The five-measures don't feel contrived or forced, they just add a subtle bounce to the rhythmic motion. This hymn was in the key of D-flat in the previous (red) hymnal, which was great for me because I love and adore D-flat. However, normal people find all those flats daunting, whereas the current key of D-major, with only two sharps, is perhaps a little more accessible, if somewhat less rich than five flats.
James Hopkirk (1908-1972) was a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he studied organ and composition with Healey Willan, and organ with Charles Peaker. He was a member of the advisory committee for the 1938 Book of Common Praise. For many years he was Organist and Master of the Choristers at St James' Cathedral, Toronto.