The School Hymn
Lift up your hearts!
Words: Henry Montague
Henry Montague Butler (1833-1918) was born at Gayton, Northamptonshire and was Headmaster of Harrow School for 26 years. He served as Dean of Gloucester and in 1886 was appointed Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. His original words for Lift up your hearts! include an additional verse between verses three and four, as below:
This verse was never included in Poundswick's version.
Walter Greatorex (1877-1949) was born at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Son of a bank manager, he attended St. John's College, Cambridge and then served as Assistant Music Master at Uppingham School. He was Music Master at Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk from 1911 to 1949.
Lift up your hearts! was never replaced as the School Hymn, not even when Poundswick became Parklands in 1999. Arguably, therefore, it continued, by default, to be the School Hymn to the very end. However, without ever being officially abandoned, it appears to have fallen out of favour with the coming of comprehensive. Programmes for School Prizegiving ceremonies in the Grammar School era always carried the words of "The School Hymn" (Lift up your hearts!) on the back page but the programme for the ceremony held on 27th March 1968 - the first of the comprehensive era - had on its back page the words of an "Opening Hymn"; Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation. For some reason somebody had decided that the School Hymn was no longer appropriate for this occasion.
For many years I hoped that one day we might manage to assemble an enthusiastic and tuneful group of Old Poundswickians in the school hall and that the corridors might resound once more to Walter Greatorex's magnificent hymn. Sadly, this was never achieved, although it was sung on a number of impromptu occasions in other places, and I've no doubt it will be again!