Bunker Hill (Sylvanus Ripley)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-02-26). Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 57 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition. Several measures changed slightly to fit Niles' poem. Fourteen stanzas included from Niles' poem, rearranged.
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-02-26). Score information: 7 x 10 inces (landscape), 1 page, 78 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Several measures changed slightly to fit Niles' poem. Ten stanzas of Niles' poem included, rearranged.
Title: Bunker Hill
First Line: Why should vain mortals tremble at the sight
Composer: Sylvanus Ripley (attributed)
Lyricist: Nathaniel Niles
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Patriotic music Meter: 11 11. 11 5
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1781 in A Select number of plain Tunes (Andrew Law), p. 8
Description: The tune was published by Andrew Law in 1781, without words or attribution of composer; tune is sometimes ascribed to Sylvanus Ripley. The words were first put with the tune in The Massachusetts Harmony in 1784, with the last line of the words repeated; this was reprinted more than 25 times over the following decades. The tune was slightly rearranged, and new words added, by Joshua Leavitt in The Christian Lyre in 1831. The poem, of fifteen stanzas, was written by Nathaniel Niles in 1775, and published in a broadside in 1781.
Original text and translations
- THE AMERICAN HERO: A Sapphick Ode Made on the battle of Bunker-Hill, and the burning of Charlestown.
- By Nathaniel Niles, A.M., Norwich, Conn., October, 1775.
1. Why should vain mortals tremble at the sight of
6. O, then, exult that God forever reigneth;
11. Let oceans waft on all your floating castles,