Resignation (William Walker)

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  • (Posted 2014-11-18)   CPDL #33405:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-11-18).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 38 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval-note edition. Transcribed from Southern Harmony, 1854.
  • (Posted 2014-11-18)   CPDL #33406:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-11-18).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: As originally published, in 4-shapenote format. Revised and re-formatted 2019-01-26. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Resignation
First Line: My shepherd will supply my need
Composer: Joseph Funk
Arranger: William Walker
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86. D (C.M.D.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1846 in Southern and Western Pocket Harmonist

Description: A folk hymn, first arranged by Joseph Funk (in key of E) in his Compilation of Genuine Church Music, 1832, to words by Charles Wesley, 1759, which begin And let this feeble body fail; this book was renamed Harmonia Sacra in 1851, and has gone through many editions down to the present. A slightly different arrangement (in F) appears in William Walker's Southern and Western Pocket Harmonist, 1846. The tune (usually with Watts' words) is very commonly found in hymnals and tunebooks. Alto by N. F. Cheshire, 1902. The words by Isaac Watts, 1719, paraphrase of Psalm 23, with six stanzas. Funk and Walker both use two of Watts' stanzas to one of theirs.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 23.