Leander (Alexander Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2017-08-10)   CPDL #45805:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-08-10).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 65 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note heads converted to oval shapes. Two more pairs of stanzas included from Watts' hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-08-10)   CPDL #45804:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-08-10).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 37 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published in 1818. Two more pairs of stanzas included from Watts' hymn.

General Information

Title: Leander
First Line: My soul forsakes her vain delight
Composer: Alexander Johnson
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1818 in Johnson's Tennessee Harmony, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass.

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1709, Hymn 10 of Book 2, with six stanzas. Johnson used two stanzas of Watts' hymn for each stanza of his composition. A folk hymn, derived from one or more folk tunes (Jackson 1953b, no. 107). This song occurs on page 71 of The Sacred Harp, 1844 to the present; in the 1911 James Edition of The Sacred Harp, it appears with an alto part, but the composer of that part is not stated.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at My soul forsakes her vain delight.