Davis (Anonymous)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2019-09-26)   CPDL #55439:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-09-26).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 135 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Comparison of six versions of DavisNew Salem. Percentage similarities show that Davis is a different tune from New Salem, based on the same (probably oral) sources. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2019-09-26)   CPDL #55438:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-09-26).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: New Salem, transcribed from Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, 1826, for four parts. Notes in four-shape format, as published in 1826. Six half-stanzas from Swain's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2019-09-26)   CPDL #55437:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-09-26).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: New Salem, transcribed from Kentucky Harmonist, 1818, for three parts. Notes in four-shape format, as published in 1818. Six half-stanzas of Swain's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2019-09-25)   CPDL #55426:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-09-25).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 54 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as published in 1813. Transcribed from Wyeth's Repository, Part Second, 1813, for three parts. Six stanzas (of meter 11 8. 11 8) included from Swain's hymn. {{MXL}

General Information

Title: Davis
First Line: O thou in whose presence my soul takes delight
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Joseph Swain

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 11 8. 11 8

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1813 in Wyeth's Repository, Part Second
  2nd published: 1818 in Metcalf's Kentucky Harmonist
  3rd published: 1820 in The Missouri Harmony
  4th published: 1820 in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony
  5th published: 1825 in Moore's Columbian Harmony
  6th published: 1826 in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony
  7th published: 1835 in A Compilation of Genuine Church Music
  8th published: 1835 in Southern Harmony
  9th published: 1848 in The Hesperian Harp

Description: A folk hymn (Lowens 1964, Music 2005). First published in Wyeth's Repository, Part Second, 1813, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass. David Music (2005) says Davis and New Salem are two different tunes deriving from the same (probably oral source), and this idea is confirmed by a similarity test (above). In addition to Wyeth, the Davis variation appears in:

  • Missouri Harmony (1820)
  • Gratitude in Davisson's Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony (1820)
  • Moore's Columbian Harmony (1825)
  • Southern Harmony (1835)
  • The Hesperian Harp (1848)

The New Salem variation appears first in Metcalf's Kentucky Harmonist, 1818. After that, New Salem also in:

  • Missouri Harmony (1820)
  • Moore's Columbian Harmony (1825).
  • Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony (1826)
  • A Compilation of Genuine Church Music (1835).

Words by Joseph Swain, 1791, with six stanzas of meter 11 8. 11 8. D. All of the above arrangements use half of Swain's stanza.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O thou, in whose presence my soul takes delight.