Vernon (Amzi Chapin)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-07-08).   Score information: Unknown, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: A comparison of the tunes (four parts) of five versions. Notes in four-shape format.
  1. Jeremiah Ingalls' Farewell Hymn (D minor, 4:4), converted to the timing and rhythm of Chapin's arrangement
  2. Vernon (Amzi Chapin), 1813 (E minor, 2:4)
  3. Vernon in William Moore, 1825 (E minor, 2:4)
  4. Vernon in William Walker, 1830 (E minor, 2:4)
  5. Vernon in The Sacred Harp, 1860 (E minor, 2:4)
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-07-08).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 38 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1813. All six stanzas of Watts' hymn included.

General Information

Title: Vernon
First Line: Lord, what a heaven of saving grace
Composer: Jeremiah Ingalls
Arranger: Amzi Chapin
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1813 in Patterson's Church Music

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1709, Hymn 16 of Book 2, with six stanzas.

This tune was written as Farewell Hymn by Jeremiah Ingalls in 1790, for use at the funeral of a child; first published in 1805. It was revised by Amzi Chapin in 1813, changing the key from D minor to E minor, renaming it, and substituting different words, as shown above. Chapin's revision was put to different words by Charles Wesley (Come, O thou traveler unknown) in Samuel Metcalf's The Kentucky Harmonist, 1818. This was repeated and reduced to three parts by William Walker in Southern Harmony (p. 34) in 1830. The version in William Moore 1825 (four parts, Wesley's words) was restored in The Sacred Harp (p. 55b) from 1844 through 1911; the 1991 edition has it on page 95b.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Lord, what a heaven of saving grace.