A hymn written well the best part of 200 years ago was given a rousing recall in Huddersfield Parish Church.
And in the congregation at St peter’s Church on Sunday to hear the item was a relative of the man who wrote the anthem - James Battye, one of the founders of Huddersfield Choral Society .
James wrote the anthem - My Soul Truly Waiteth for the Lord - towards the middle of the 19th century but the hymn has not been sung for many years.
However, Rockley Battye resurrected the old song and asked if it might be sung in St Peter’s Church , where James was once parish clerk.
The church’s Curate, the Rev Simon Crook, said: “Mr Battye came to the church to see our plaque in memory of James and talked to me about the anthem.
“He had edited parts of it and so we arranged to have it performed at evensong, sung by our own choir and some visiting singers.”
Mr Battye travelled from his home in the south to hear the rendition.
Mr Crook thinks the anthem was sung in the church originally, but not for a very long time. That could be partly due to its length - the hymn is nine minutes long.
“And these days we like short, sharp things like the three-minute pop song,” said Mr Crook.
“But this is a stirring piece based on the psalms and is about waiting for the lord. It could well feature here again as we have a large repertoire.”