Dover (Amos Pilsbury)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2018-05-12)   CPDL #49635:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-05-12).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 75 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from Pilsbury 1799, with several edits. Oval note edition. Five more stanzas included, selected from Wesley's hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2018-05-12)   CPDL #49634:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-05-12).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 68 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from Pilsbury 1799, with several edits. Note shapes added (4-shape). Five more stanzas included, selected from Wesley's hymn.

General Information

Title: Dover
First Line: And let this feeble body fail
Composer: Amos Pilsbury
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1799

Description: First published in Amos Pilsbury's The United States Sacred Harmony, 1799, p. 30. Words by Charles Wesley, 1759, Funeral Hymns No. 3, with nine stanzas.

This tune was considerably revised by James P. Carrell in 1821, who retitled it Pilgrim, moved it to A minor, and added new words, Charles Wesley's How happy every child of grace (1759). It appears as Child of Grace on p. 77 in The Sacred Harp from 1844 to the present, as a three-part reduction in 1844; a new Alto part was added in 1911. A description of the history of this tune is given in David Music (1995).

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Original text and translations

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