Happiness (Anonymous)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-09-29).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 59 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Happiness, transcribed from Wyeth's Repository, Part Second, 1813. Notes in four shape format, as published in 1813. Ends of second and fourth lines changed from quarter-notes to half-notes. The first stanza of Wesley's hymn included. MusicXML source file(s) in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Happiness
First Line: O how happy are they Who their Savior obey
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: TB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 669. 669 or 12 9. 12 9 (mostly; see below)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1813 in Wyeth's Repository, Part Second
  2nd published: 1831 in The Christian Lyre, in G major
  3rd published: 1835 in A Compilation of Genuine Church Music
  4th published: 1869 in Harmonia Sacra, Edition 13

Description: A folk hymn (Lowens 1964). First published as Happiness in Wyeth's Repository, Part Second (1813) for two parts, Tenor-Bass. As Exultation, a Treble part was added in Joseph Funk's A Compilation of Genuine Church Music (1835) (which later was retitled Harmonia Sacra); in its thirteenth edition (1869) an Alto part was added. See Exultation (Anonymous) for a four-part version. The arrangement in The Christian Lyre is in G major, contrasting with A minor in all other versions. Words by Charles Wesley, 1749, Hymns and Sacred Poems No. 65, with ten stanzas. Meter varies from 569. 569 through 569. 669 to 669. 669.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at How happy are they Who the Savior obey.