America (Truman Wetmore)

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  • (Posted 2020-09-22)  CPDL #60648:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2020-09-22).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Words to first stanza as in Benham 1798; the last stanza added from Barlow 1790.

General Information

Title: America
First Line: Amid surrounding foes
Composer: Truman Wetmore
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredPsalm-tune   Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1798 in Social Harmony
Description: America was reprinted in many American tunebooks in the early to middle nineteenth century, notably The Easy Instructor (1801), Wyeth's Repository (1810), Patterson's Church Music (1813), The Beauties of Harmony (1814), Kentucky Harmony (1816), The Kentucky Harmonist (1818), The Missouri Harmony (1820), Moore's Columbian Harmony (1825), A Compilation of Genuine Church Music (1832), Southern Harmony (1835), and White and King's The Sacred Harp (1844). It is still on p. 36 of The Sacred Harp to the present. Words by Isaac Watts, 1719, paraphrase of Psalm 23, Part 3, stanza five of six; as amended by Joel Barlow, 1790.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 23.

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Isaac Watts, 1719

5. In sight of all my foes,
Thou dost my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
And joy exalts my head.


Joel Barlow, 1790

5. Amidst surrounding foes
Thou dost my table spread,
My cup with blessings overflows,
And joy exalts my head.