Bethesda (Elisha West)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2020-01-10)   CPDL #56598:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2020-01-10).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2020. Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more stanzas added from Leland's hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2020-01-10)   CPDL #56597:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2020-01-10).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 43 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape), otherwise as written in 1807. Two more stanzas added from Leland's hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Bethesda
First Line: If your heart is unbelieving
Composer: Elisha West
Lyricist: John Leland

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 87. 87. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1807 in The Musical Concert, Edition 2

Description: Words by John Leland, before 1801, hymn called Invitation to Pilgrims, with five stanzas. West used the third stanza.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Wandering pilgrims, mourning Christians.