Hymn #359: O God, Who Teaches Us to Live
William Croft (1678-1727) is believed to have written this tune, ST. ANNE, in 1708 while serving as organist at St. Anne’s Church, Soho, London, England. Tradition holds that Anne was the mother of the virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.
William Croft was one of the outstanding organists and composers of the eighteenth century. Early in his career he wrote music for the theater, but his true genius did not emerge until he began writing religious music. Croft composed the earliest examples of the English psalm tune, which have endured for nearly three centuries.