Bartimeus (William Hauser)

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  • (Posted 2017-12-31)   CPDL #48249:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-12-31).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note heads in four-shape format, as written in 1848. All six half-stanzas of Newton's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Bartimeus
First Line: Mercy, O thou son of David
Composer: Amos Pilsbury
Arranger: William Hauser
Lyricist: John Newton

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1799 in The United States Sacred Harmony
  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: A folk hymn, first published by Amos Pilsbury as Charleston in 1799, deriving from earlier oral or manuscript sources (Jackson 1953b, No. 80; David Music 1995-2005).}}

Description: Words by John Newton, 1779, with three eight-line stanzas.

The complex history of this tune is described in David Music (1995). Originally published by Pilsbury in 1799 with different words (Robert Robinson, Come thou fount of every blessing). 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 Mercy, O thou son of David.