Vernon (Amzi Chapin)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-07-08). Score information: Unknown, 2 pages, 58 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: A comparison of the tunes (four parts) of five versions. Notes in four-shape format. MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-07-08). Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 38 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1813. All six stanzas of Watts' hymn included. MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.
Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1709, Hymn 16 of Book 2, with six stanzas.
This tune was written as Farewell Hymn by Jeremiah Ingalls in 1790, for use at the funeral of a child; first published in 1805. It was revised by Amzi Chapin in 1813, changing the key from D minor to E minor, renaming it, and substituting different words, as shown above. Chapin's revision was put to different words by Charles Wesley (Come, O thou traveler unknown) in Samuel Metcalf's The Kentucky Harmonist, 1818. This was repeated and reduced to three parts by William Walker in Southern Harmony (p. 34) in 1830. The version in William Moore 1825 (four parts, Wesley's words) was restored in The Sacred Harp (p. 55b) from 1844 through 1911; the 1991 edition has it on page 95b.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Lord, what a heaven of saving grace.