This tune was originally written for “Blest Are the Innocents” by Sylvia Dunstan, a text about the Slaughter of the Innocents, when Herod killed every male under two in the hopes of killing Jesus, the prophesied King. Dunstan wrote the text with the tune  SLANE (“Be Thou My Vision”) in mind. However, a well-loved tune like SLANE may cause some cognitive dissonance with the grim subject matter of the text, so consider this alternative.

This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

music by Greg Scheer
text: “Blessed Are the Innocents” by Sylvia Dunstan
copyright 2011
CCLI #7198341
OneLicense #229961