Thirtieth (Amzi Chapin)

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  • (Posted 2017-09-06)  CPDL #46245:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-09-06).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 52 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from Metcalf's Kentucky Harmonist, 1818. Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published in 1813. All twelve of Wesley's stanzas included.

General Information

Title: Thirtieth
First Line: And am I born to die
Composer: Amzi Chapin
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1813 in Patterson's Church Music
    2nd published: 1816 in The Pittsburgh Selection of Psalm Tunes, edited by John Armstrong, Pittsburgh
    3rd published: 1818 in Kentucky Harmonist
    4th published: 1844 in The Sacred Harp (1844), as Abbeville
Description: The title, Thirtieth apparently does not apply to the Psalm 30, since Charles Wesley's words are unrelated to that Psalm; perhaps it refers to the thirtieth hymn or page in some book. Several books possibly available to the Chapins have been searched without success. In 1816, the tune was attributed to "Chapin", Amzi Chapin or Lucius Chapin. Words by Charles Wesley, 1763, with six stanzas, each 66. 86. 66. 86. (S. M. D.); Chapin used half of one of Wesley's stanzas for each of his, making twelve stanzas. This tune was arranged by Elisha J. King in The Sacred Harp, 1844, retitled as Abbeville, and put to different words by Benjamin Beddome ("Come, Holy Spirit, come"). King's arrangement appeared on page 33 of The Sacred Harp from 1844 to the present. Also see The General Doom (Jeremiah Ingalls), 1805.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at And am I born to die.