Hymn #504: You Walk along Our Shoreline
This traditional Irish melody, SALLEY GARDENS, was newly harmonized as a setting for this text in The New Century Hymnal by assistant music editor Jonathan McNair. Traditional Irish melodies often accompanied ballads or dances and were sung with great emotion whenever people gathered for communal activities and fun.
The poignant Irish melody SALLEY GARDENS is typical of other Irish ballads with a nearly pentatonic melody. One can imagine it being played simply by a fiddle and a flute in its country of origin.