Vital spark of heavenly flame (Edward Harwood)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-03-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 271 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The current edition, prepared from Rippon's Selection, 1790, presents a comparatively early version of the piece, before its subsequent accretion of a fourth part.

General Information

Title: Vital spark of heavenly flame
Composer: Edward Harwood
Lyricist: Alexander Pope

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SSB or TTB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A capella

First published: 1781 in A Set of Hymns and Psalm Tunes, p. 36-40
Description: Harwood's setting of "A dying Christian to his soul" was extremely popular during the half-century after its first publication in 1781, and received many printings. It was used in both Anglican and dissenting churches, and was reputedly popular for use at funerals.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at The dying Christian to his soul.