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Quite a few Anglican Chants have been arranged from preexisting compositions. Here you will find four of them. See the "Rule of 3 & 5" front page and the "Quintuple Chant" page for others.

The first of the chants on this page was based on the anthem "Lord for thy tender mercy's sake," and though the person responsible for for arranging it does not seem to be known, the arrangement seems to have been made quite early on -- in the seventeenth if not in the sixteenth century. The earliest manuscripts of the anthem ascribe it to John Hilton (the Elder -- d. 1608). The chant has universally been ascribed to Richard Farrant (c. 1530-1580). The anthem was later ascribed to Farrant, and for example in his copy of the anthem Henry Aldrich (1647-1710), Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, crossed out John Hilton on his copy of the anthem and wrote in Richard Farrant. Could it be, however, that John Hilton wrote the anthem, and Richard Farrant wrote the chant based on it?
The anthem "Lord, for thy tender mercies' sake" arranged as an Anglican Chant. The original anthem belongs to the school of Christopher Tye and may be the work of Richard Farrant or John Hilton the Elder
An Anglican Chant arranged from Martin Luther's hymn, "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott." The hymn is based on Psalm 46, and the chant is often used with that Psalm too.
Purcell's anthem, "Man that is born of woman," from the Funeral Music for Queen Mary. Here it is in G minor, like the Purcell, but the chant is often sung in F minor. Sometimes used for Psalm 137.
An Anglican Chant arranged from the Second Movement of Beethoven's "Pathétique Sonata" (No. 8 in C minor). It is often used for Psalm 122.
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