Hallelujah (William Walker)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-11)  CPDL #50822:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-08-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 52 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1835. Four-part version, as amended by Walker in 1867. Three more half-stanzas included, chosen from Wesley's hymn if they fit the meter of the music.

General Information

Title: Hallelujah
First Line: And let this feeble body fail
Composer: William Walker
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1835 in Southern Harmony, p. 107, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass; Walker added an Alto part when he revised it in 1867, in his Christian Harmony, p. 157
Description: Words to the stanzas by Charles Wesley, 1759, Funeral Hymns No. 3, with nine stanzas of meter 86. 86. D (C.M.D.). Walker used the first half of Wesley's first stanza in his composition, modifying the words slightly.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at And let this feeble body fail.

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Charles Wesley, 1759

1. And let this feeble body fail,
And let it droop, or die.
My soul shall quit the mournful vale,
And soar to worlds on high:
Shall join the disembodied saints,
And find its long-sought rest,
(That only bliss for which it pants,)
In my Redeemer's breast.


William Walker, 1835

1. And let this feeble body fail,
And let it faint and die.
My soul shall quit this mournful vale,
And soar to worlds on high.