Rochester (Ananias Davisson)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2018-12-08)   CPDL #52559:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-12-08).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from Kentucky Harmony, 1826. Notes in four-shape format, as published in 1826. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Rochester
First Line: Come, children, learn to fear the Lord
Arranger: Ananias Davisson
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredPsalm-tune   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1816 in Kentucky Harmony.

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1719, paraphrase of Psalm 34, Part 2. This tune was composed by Israel Holdroyd as Psalm 34 in 1722, and called Rochester from 1732. It has appeared, with a variety of words and arrangements, in several hundred tunebooks since 1722 (every two years over that time); and in America since 1761. Notably, it appeared in Kentucky Harmony in 1816, Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music in 1816, and Allen Carden's Missouri Harmony in 1820. It appeared in The Sacred Harp (page 30) from 1844 to the present with Isaac Watts' words Come let us join our cheerful songs, and Southern Harmony (page 279) from 1847, with Isaac Watts' words, There is a land of pure delight.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 34.