Abbeville (Elisha J. King)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-06)  CPDL #63347:       
Editor: Joseph Knapicius (submitted 2021-03-06).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arrangement for four voices, SATB.

General Information

Title: Abbeville
Composer: Amzi Chapin
Arranger: Elisha J. King
Lyricist: Benjamin Beddome

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1813 in Patterson's Church Music
    2nd published: 1818 in Kentucky Harmonist
    3rd published: 1844 in The Sacred Harp
Description: Music first published in 1813, attributed to Amzi Chapin (or his brother Lucius); as Thirtieth (Amzi Chapin). Steel and Hulan (2010) say this is derived from Jeremiah Ingalls' The General Doom; the tunes are related but not identical. Reprinted in Kentucky Harmonist in 1818, as Thirtieth. Renamed and arranged for three voices by Elisha J. King, 1844, in The Sacred Harp, p. 33, where it is to the present day; Alto in The Sacred Harp presently is by W. M. Cooper in 1902. Words by Benjamin Beddome, published in John Rippon's A Selection of Hymns, Tenth Edition, 1800, as Hymn 211.

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Original text and translations

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1. Come, Holy Spirit, come!
With energy divine;
And on this poor benighted soul,
With beams of mercy shine.

2. From the celestial hills,
Light, life, and joy dispense:
And may I daily, hourly feel
Thy quickening influence.

3. Oh melt this frozen heart,
This stubborn will subdue;
Each evil passion overcome,
And form me all anew.

4. The profit will be mine,
But thine shall be the praise;
Cheerful to thee will l devote
The remnant of my days.