Parting Hand (William Walker)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-20)   CPDL #50561:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-07-20).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1835, 1844, and 1848. Six eight-line stanzas included, as in Southern Harmony. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Parting Hand
First Line: My Christian friends in bonds of love
Arranger: William Walker
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1835 in Southern Harmony, p. 113.

Description: This tune was originally written by Jeremiah Ingalls in 1805 and titled Tranquility. It was considerably arranged by William Walker in Southern Harmony, 1835, for three parts. Walker's arrangement appears in The Sacred Harp, p. 62 from 1844 to the present. The Alto part was written by William Hauser in his Hesperian Harp, 1848. The words are of uncertain authorship: "credited variously to John Blain, 1818, and to Clement Nance" (Steel and Hulan 2010); with ten to twelve stanzas. The first line varies in different sources, Farewell my friends in bonds of love or My dearest friends in bonds of love or My Christian friends in bonds of love. Walker used two four-line stanzas in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Farewell my friends in bonds of love.