Middlebury (R. D. Humphreys)
- (Posted 2022-03-14) CPDL #68399:
- • Four-shapenote version, Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 47 kB –
- • Oval-note version, Score information: A4, 1 page, 39 kB –
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2022-03-14). Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from The Sacred Harp, 1911. For four voices, TrATB. Alto part by an unknown composer, 1911.
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2022-03-13). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 42 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from The Hesperian Harp, 1848. For four parts TrTrTB; second Treble by William Hauser, 1848. Notes in four-shape format and melody in the Tenor, as published throughout the 19th century.
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-03-11). Score information: A4, 1 page, 39 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Melody from Southern Harmony. The hymn in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words underlaid.
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-03-11). Score information: A4, 1 page, 199 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Melody from Southern Harmony. The hymn in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words
Arranger: R. D. Humphreys
First Line: Come away to the skies
Lyricist: Charles Wesley
Number of voices: 3vv Voicing: TrTB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn, Folk hymn Meter: 669. 669
First published: 1820 in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony (Ananias Davisson), Edition 1, p. 32
2nd published: 1825 in Columbian Harmony (William Moore), page 49
2nd published: 1835 in Southern Harmony (William Walker), on page 17 and in following editions
3rd published: 1844 in The Sacred Harp (1844), page 68 in following editions to 1911
4th published: 1848 in The Hesperian Harp (William Hauser), page 457
Description: A folk hymn from early 19th century America, perhaps deriving from a folk song or dance. Humphreys wrote a three part arrangement (Treble-Tenor-Bass) in shapenote form, Moore added a few "choosing-notes" to Humphreys, and Walker reprinted Moore's three-voice version. Walker's version was included in The Sacred Harp in 1844 and following editions up to 1911; in 1911 it appears with an Alto part by some arranger. William Hauser also included Moore's three-part version in 1848, with the second stanza of Wesley's hymn.
Words by Charles Wesley, 1767, written for his wife's birthday.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Come away to the skies.