Charleston (Amos Pilsbury)

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  • (Posted 2017-12-31)  CPDL #48247:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-12-31).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape), otherwise as written in 1799. All four half-stanzas of Robinson's hymn included.

General Information

Title: Charleston
First Line: Come, thou fount of every blessing
Composer: Amos Pilsbury
Lyricist: Robert Robinson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 87. 87

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1799 in The United States Sacred Harmony, p. 216
    2nd published: 1830 in The Christian Lyre
    3rd published: 1835 in A Compilation of Genuine Church Music
    4th published: 1835 in Southern Harmony
    5th published: 1844 in The Sacred Harp
    6th published: 1848 in The Hesperian Harp
Description: Words by Robert Robinson, 1758, in two 8-line stanzas. Pilsbury used the first four lines in his composition.

A folk hymn, first published by Pilsbury in 1799, deriving from earlier oral or manuscript sources (Jackson 1953b, No. 80; David Music 1995). The complex history of this tune is described in David Music (1995). This tune was arranged to three parts by Allen Carden and others in Western Harmony (1824), as Charlestown, with different words (John Newton, "Mercy, O thou son of David"). Carden's version then was reprinted in William Walker's Southern Harmony (1835), p. 23, and reprinted in The Sacred Harp (1844), p. 52. This tune was also arranged to two parts (Tenor-Bass) in Joshua Leavitt's Christian Lyre (1830), as Bartimeus, with the same words as Carden. Leavitt's version was then expanded to four parts by William Hauser in The Hesperian Harp (1848); except for the Tenor part, Hauser's arrangement is different from Pilsbury's. This tune was also arranged to three parts by Joseph Funk in Compilation of Genuine Church Music (1835), as Charleston, but with different words (John Wingrove, "Hail, my ever-blessed Jesus").

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Come, thou fount of every blessing.