Instrumentation: SATB & piano
Text: Joseph Hart (1712-1768)
Tune: Anonymous American folk tune - Southern Harmony No. 5b
Suitable for choirs of all levels.
Suitable for worship or concert performance.
This tune and text has stuck with me since hearing Leo Nestor's choral setting while a student at the University of Southern Mississippi. The fervent power of this hymn's devotion and dedication to faith is undeniable. Text and tune are starting points for melodic exploration, with the accompaniment adding punctuation to the text's zeal. Both combine in a forceful and jubilant declaration.
American "vortex" quilt - artist unknown