Preparation (Jacob French)

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  • (Posted 2018-01-21)   CPDL #48521:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-01-21).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1789. Words substituted for this edition are by Charles Wesley, 1743, from Collection of Psalms and Hymns, with nine stanzas, two stanzas of which are included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2018-01-21)   CPDL #48520:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-01-21).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Words substituted for this edition are by Charles Wesley, 1743, from Collection of Psalms and Hymns, with nine stanzas, two stanzas of which are included.

General Information

Title: Preparation
First Line: Be merciful, O God, to me
Composer: Jacob French
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredPsalm-tune   Meter: 88. 88. 88

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1789 in The New American Melody, 1789, pp. 14-16

Description: Words originally published with this tune in 1789 are by an anonymous author, before 1780, that often appeared on tombstones in New England; these words are reproduced below.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Be merciful, O God, to me.

English.png English text

1. My loving friends, as you pass by,
To my cold grave pray cast your eye;
Your sun, like mine, may set at noon,
Your soul it may be called for soon.
In this dark place you soon must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.

2. Behold and read as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I;
As I am now, so you must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.
In this dark place you soon must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.