The Band of Love (Edward Miller)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2023-05-21).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: "Washington", for four voices, TrCTB. Transcribed from Kentucky Harmonist (Samuel Metcalf), 1818. Notes in four-shape format, as printed in 1818. All three stanzas included.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2023-05-21).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: "The Parting", transcribed from Dr. Watts’s Psalms and Hymns, set to new music, Volume 1, London, 1800. All three stanzas included.

General Information

Title: The Band of Love
First Line: Our souls by love together knit
Composer: Edward Miller
Lyricist: Edward Miller
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SacredSet piece   Meter: 86. 86. D (C.M.D.) plus 88. 88. D (L.M.D.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800 as "The Parting" in Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, Set to New Music (Edward Miller), no. 253
    2nd published: 1805 as "Washington" in The Art of Singing, Edition 4 (Andrew Law)
    3rd published: 1810 as "The Parting" in David's Companion, or the Methodist Standard (James Evans)
    4th published: 1813 as "The Band of Love" in Wyeth's Repository, Part Second
    5th published: 1818 as "Washington" in Kentucky Harmonist
    6th published: 1820 as "Washington" in The Missouri Harmony (Allen Carden)
    7th published: 1835 as "The Band of Love" in A Compilation of Genuine Church Music, Edition 2, p. 68
Description: A relatively long set piece; the first part is eight lines, C. M. D., and the "Chorus" is another eight lines, L. M. D. First published by Edward Miller as "The Parting" in London, 1800, for three voices, apparently ATB. Except for a reprinted version by Miller in 1803, all the rest of the publications are American. The first four-part version was an arrangement for four parts (TrCTB) by Andrew Law in 1805, entitled "Washington"; it was first called "The Band of Love" in "Wyeth's Repository, Part Second" in 1813. In the West, four-part revised editions appeared in Samuel Metcalf's Kentucky Harmonist and Allen Carden's Missouri Harmony. Later editions mostly use the title "The Band of Love".

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Original text and translations

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1. Our souls by love together knit,
Cemented, mixed in one –
One hope, one heart, one mind, one voice,
Is heaven on earth begun:
Our hearts have burned while Jesus spoke,
And glowed with sacred fire;
He stopped and talked and fed and blessed,
And filled the enlarged desire.

A Savior! let creation sing!
A Savior! let all heaven ring!
He's God with us, we feel him ours,
His fulness in our souls he pours:
The parting space we'll soon run o'er,
To join the saints who've gone before,
We then shall meet to part no more.


2. The little cloud increases still,
The heavens are big with rain;
We haste to catch the teeming shower,
And all its moisture drain:
A rill, a stream, a torrent flows,
But pour a mighty flood –
O sweep the nations, shake the earth,
Till all proclaim thee God!

3. And when thou make thy jewels up,
And set thy starry crown,
When all thy sparkling gems shall shine,
Proclaimed by thee thine own,
May we, a little band of love,
All sinners saved by grace,
From glory into glory changed,
Behold thee face to face!