The Missouri Harmony

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General Information

Title: The Missouri Harmony

Full Title: The Missouri Harmony, or a Choice Collection of Psalm Tunes, Hymns and Anthems, Selected from the Most Eminent Authors, and Well Adapted to All Christian Churches, Singing Schools, and Private Societies; Together with an Introduction to Grounds Of Music, The Rudiments Of Music, and Plain Rules for Beginners.

Editor - Compiler: Allen Carden

Publication date and place: 1820 by Allen Carden in St. Louis, Missouri; printed by Morgan, Lodge, and Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, 200 pp. Second Edition 1825. Third Edition 1827. Fourth Edition 1829. Fifth Edition 1830 (reprinted 1831). Sixth Edition 1832 (1833, 1834). Seventh Edition 1835 (1836, 1837). Eighth Edition 1838 (1839). Ninth Edition 1840 (1841, 1842, 1844, 1846, 1848). Tenth Edition 1850 (1855, 1857).
Description: A popular and influential singing book of the American frontier. Influenced by Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music (1813), Kentucky Harmony (1816), Johnson's Tennessee Harmony (1818), and others. In turn The Missouri Harmony had an impact on tunebooks such as The Christian Lyre (1830-1831), Joseph Funk's A Compilation of Genuine Church Music (1832-1835), William Walker's Southern Harmony (1835), and The Sacred Harp (1844).

External Links


  • Bean, Shirley. 1994. Introduction, pp. vii-xx in The Missouri Harmony (reprint of Ninth Edition). Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Richardson, Paul A. 2004. The Missouri Harmony: A Book of Many Chapters. The Hymn 55(2):15-23.

Works at CPDL

Title Year Composer Arranger Lyricist First Line Genre Vo. Meter
Bridgewater 1782 Lewis Edson Tate and Brady O come, loud anthems let us sing Sacred 4 86. 86 (C.M.)
Davis 1813 Anonymous Joseph Swain O thou in whose presence my soul takes delight Sacred 3 11 8. 11 8
Hallelujah 1813 Anonymous Robert Robinson Come, thou fount of every blessing Sacred 2 87. 87. D
Kingston 1799 Amos Pilsbury Joseph Hart Agonizing in the garden Sacred 4 87. 87. 87
Mecklenburg 1820 Anonymous Anonymous Bright scenes of glory strike my sense Sacred 4 87. 87. D
New Monmouth 1813 Lucius Chapin Robert Robinson Come thou fount of every blessing Sacred 4 87. 87
Ninety-Fifth 1813 Lucius Chapin Isaac Watts When I can read my title clear Sacred 4 86. 86 (C.M.)
Redemption 1805 Jeremiah Ingalls Ananias Davisson Anonymous Come friends and relations, let's join heart and hand Sacred 4 11 11. 11 11
Rockbridge 1813 Lucius Chapin Isaac Watts Sweet is the work, my God, my King Sacred 4 88. 88 (L.M.)
The Band of Love 1800 Edward Miller Edward Miller Our souls by love together knit Sacred 3 86. 86. D (C.M.D.)