Vital spark of heavenly flame (Edward Harwood)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-03-01). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 271 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: The current edition, prepared from Rippon's Selection, 1790, presents a comparatively early version of the piece, before its subsequent accretion of a fourth part.
First published: 1781 in A Set of Hymns and Psalm Tunes, p. 36-40
Description: Harwood's setting of "A dying Christian to his soul" was extremely popular during the half-century after its first publication in 1781, and received many printings. It was used in both Anglican and dissenting churches, and was reputedly popular for use at funerals.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at The dying Christian to his soul.