Harpeth (Alexander Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2017-08-09)  CPDL #45772:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-08-09).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published in 1818. All four stanzas of Newton's hymn included.

General Information

Title: Harpeth
First Line: How tedious and tasteless the hours
Composer: Alexander Johnson
Lyricist: John Newton (hymnwriter)

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88. D (L.M.D.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1818 in Johnson's Tennessee Harmony, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass
Description: Words by John Newton, 1779, with four stanzas. Reprinted in William Walker's Southern Harmony, 1835-1845; dropped in 1847.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at How tedious and tasteless the hours.