Samanthra (R. D. Humphreys)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-11-07).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1822. A quarter rest added to the first measure (as in Walker 1846), otherwise as written in 1822. Stanzas start with Swain's fourth stanza, then the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth. as in Swain 1791 (not Walker 1846). MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Samanthra
First Line: O thou, in whose presence my soul takes delight
Composer: R. D. Humphreys
Lyricist: Joseph Swain

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 11 8. 11 8. 11 8. 11 8

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1822 in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, p. 16, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass.

Description: Reprinted in William Walker's Southern and Western Pocket Harmonist, 1846, pp. 58-59, and again in his Southern Harmony, Ed. 7, 1854. Alto part added by William Walker in his Christian Harmony, 1867, p. 339. Words by Joseph Swain, 1791, with nine stanzas. Humphreys uses the fourth stanza of Swain's hymn in his composition. In Walker 1846, the fourth stanza is followed by the first stanza, then the second; the four stanzas that follow are quite different from Swain's original, by an unknown author.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O thou, in whose presence my soul takes delight.