True Happiness (William Walker)

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  • (Posted 2018-06-26)   CPDL #50311:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-06-26).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 81 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1835. The nine stanzas included that are in Southern Harmony. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: True Happiness
First Line: Oh! how happy are they
Arranger: William Walker
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 669. 669

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1835 in Southern Harmony, p. 127, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass; Alto part written by William Walker in his Christian Harmony, 1867

Description: A folk hymn (Jackson 1953b, No. 125), "a very popular revival tune" (Walker 1867). Words by Charles Wesley, 1749, Hymns and Sacred Poems, Vol. 1, Hymn 65 (Hymns for One Fallen From Grace, No. 15). with sixteen stanzas. Meter of Charles Wesley's hymn (How happy are they Who the Savior obey) varies from 569. 569. to 669. 669, thus an extra syllable may be needed in some lines: for example, the first line, originally written How happy are they.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at How happy are they Who the Savior obey.