The Impartial Song (Jeremiah Ingalls)

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  • (Posted 2017-06-19)   CPDL #45038:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-19).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 42 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2017. Note shapes added (4-shape). All nine stanzas included; words adjusted slightly to fit the music. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-06-19)   CPDL #45037:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-19).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1805. All nine stanzas included; words adjusted slightly to fit the music. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-06-19)   CPDL #45036:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-19).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape). All nine stanzas included; words adjusted slightly to fit the music.

General Information

Title: The Impartial Song
First Line: The great God of love has shown us the way
Composer: Jeremiah Ingalls
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 10 8. 11 9

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1805 in Ingalls' The Christian Harmony, pp. 35-36, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass. A folk hymn, a form of the Irish air, The Full Little Jug (Jackson 1952, no. 178)

Description: Words by an unknown author, apparently first published 1804, with nine stanzas.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Abner Jones, The Melody of the Heart, Boston, 1804

1. The great God of love has shown us the way,
And taught us the impartial song:
The Spirit is come, and the work is begun,
And we all are united in love.

2. Now death begins to die, grace gains the victory,
And pride falls a prey to the ground;
We lift up our heads, as we rise from the dead,
And the glory of God shines around.

3. Salvation, we see, for all is most free;
The members of Christ are all one:
We'll march uniform, and with courage face the storm,
In the battle our Savior has won.

4. United in one, the race we will run,
Press forward in faith, without fear;
Such glories pursue, as the world never knew,
Never will, till the Gospel they hear.

5. The Reprover of sin has shown us the way,
The Comforter leads us along;
The book is unsealed, Judah's Lion takes the field,
And he learns us the impartial song.

6. We'll mount on the wing, and with ardor we'll sing;
Our echoing voices are one:
His praise we will sound on Immanuel's ground,
What a loving Redeemer has done.

7. And since it is so, we'll all join and go,
And keep on Immanuel's ground;
Until time is done, and eternity's begun,
We will all sing the impartial song.

8. We will then tune our songs in anthems of praise,
And join with the seraphs above;
Free grace we will sound through eternity's round,
When our union shall heighten in love.

9. Now let us be true, our journey pursue
Toward heaven, our glorious home;
Press on by the word Christ left on record,
Singing glory to Jesus, Amen.

 

Text revised to fit music

1. The great God of love has shown us the way,
And taught us the impartial song:
The Spirit is come, and the work is begun,
And we all are united in love.

2. Now death begins to die, grace gains the victory,
And pride falls a prey to the ground;
We lift up our heads, as we rise from the dead,
And the glory of God shines around.

3. Salvation, we see, for all is most free;
The members of Christ are all one:
We'll march uniform, with courage face the storm,
In the battle our Savior has won.

4. United in one, the race we will run,
Press forward in faith, without fear;
Such glories pursue, as the world never knew,
Never will, till the Gospel they hear.

5. Reprover of sin has shown us the way,
The Comforter leads us along;
The book is unsealed, the Lion takes the field,
And he learns us the impartial song.

6. We'll mount on the wing, and with ardor sing;
Our echoing voices are one:
His praise we will sound on Immanuel's ground,
What a loving Redeemer has done.

7. And since it is so, we'll all join and go,
And keep on Immanuel's ground;
Until time is done, eternity's begun,
We will all sing the impartial song.

8. We will tune our songs in anthems of praise,
And join with the seraphs above;
Free grace we will sound through eternity's round,
When our union shall heighten in love.

9. Now let us be true, our journey pursue
Toward heaven, our glorious home;
Press on by the word Christ left on the record,
Singing glory to Jesus, Amen.