The Hesperian Harp (William Hauser)

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General Information

Title: The Hesperian Harp

Full Title: The Hesperian Harp: A Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Odes and Anthems; and Sunday-School, Infant, Revival, Temperance, Patriotic, and Moral Pieces; Containing Also a Number of Scotch, German, Irish, and other Fine Compositions. Much New Music Never Before Published, And an Exposition of the Principles of Music and of Musical Composition.

Editor - Compiler: William Hauser

Publication date and place: 1848 by S. C. Collins in Philadelphia, 556 pp. Reprinted 1874.

Description: The largest shapenote publication in the Nineteenth Century.

External Links


  • Patterson, Daniel W. 1988. William Hauser's Hesperian Harp and Olive Leaf: Shape-Note Tunebooks as Emblems of Change and Progress. Journal of American Folklore 101(399):23-36.

List of works


Works at CPDL

Title Year Composer Arranger Lyricist First Line Subgenre Vo. Meter
Baldwin 1848 William Hauser Charles Wesley And let our bodies part 4 66. 86 (S.M.)
Bartimeus 1799 Amos Pilsbury William Hauser John Newton Mercy, O thou son of David 4 87. 87. D
Bruce's Address 1835 Anonymous William Hauser Jared Waterbury Soldiers of the cross, arise / Lo, your leader 4 77. 76. D
Charleston 1799 Amos Pilsbury Robert Robinson Come, thou fount of every blessing 4 87. 87
Christian Warfare 1830 Anonymous Deodatus Dutton Anonymous Soldiers of the cross, arise / Lo, your Captain 3 77. 75. D
Complainer 1835 William Walker William Hauser Anonymous I am a great complainer 4 76. 76. D
Davis 1813 Anonymous Joseph Swain O thou in whose presence my soul takes delight 3 11 8. 11 8
Elysian 1820 Ananias Davisson William Hauser Richard Kempenfelt Burst ye emerald gates and bring 4 76. 76. 77. 77
Idumea 1816 Ananias Davisson William Hauser Charles Wesley O come, and dwell in me 4 66. 86 (S.M.)
Invitation 1784 Jacob Kimball William Hauser Isaac Watts Come, my Beloved, haste away

Hark! the Redeemer from on high

4 88. 88 (L.M.)
Judgment 1813 Robert Boyd Ananias Davisson Isaac Watts My God, what inward grief I feel Psalm-tunes 4 88. 88 (L.M.)
Knoxville 1820 Reubin Monday Anonymous Rejoice, my friends, the Lord is King Set pieces 4 88. 887
Milinda 1816 Robert Boyd Isaac Watts In vain the wealthy mortals toil 4 88. 88 (L.M.)
New Monmouth 1813 Lucius Chapin Robert Robinson Come thou fount of every blessing 4 87. 87
Ninety-Fifth 1813 Lucius Chapin Isaac Watts When I can read my title clear 4 86. 86 (C.M.)
Redeeming Grace 1813 Anonymous William Hauser Anonymous lyricist Come all that love my Lord and Master 4 98. 98. D
Restoration 1813 Anonymous William Hauser Anonymous lyricist Ye captives restored and saints of the Lord 4 10 11. 10 11
Road's Town 1813 Elkanah Dare William Hauser Joseph Humphreys Blessed are the sons of God 4 77. 77. 77
Rockbridge 1813 Lucius Chapin Isaac Watts Sweet is the work, my God, my King Psalm-tunes 4 88. 88 (L.M.)
Salem 1826 William Moore William Hauser John Newton How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 4 86. 86 (C.M.)
Sweet Rivers 1825 William Moore John Granade Sweet rivers of redeeming love 3 86. 86. D (C.M.D.)
The Faithful Soldier 1835 William Hauser John Leland O when shall I see Jesus 4 76. 76. D
Transport 1813 Anonymous John Granade Ye children of Jesus, who're bound for the kingdom 2 12 11.12 11.12 12.12 11
Tunbridge 1793 Jacob Kimball Isaac Watts Our sins, alas! how strong they be 3 86. 86 (C.M.)
Washington 1818 Reubin Monday Joseph Hart Dismiss us with thy blessing, Lord 4 88. 88 (L.M.)