The Weary Traveler (James C. Lowry)

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  • (Posted 2017-01-22)   CPDL #42772:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-01-22).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 42 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. This edition as arranged by James C. Lowry in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, 1820; shape notes (4-shape) as in Lowry's arrangement. The second staff with Bass clef in original; converted to treble clef and moved up one octave. The first four stanzas as in Kentucky Harmony, the last four stanzas from Smith and Sleep's Divine Hymns, 1794. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-01-22)   CPDL #42771:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-01-22).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: This edition as arranged by James C. Lowry in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, 1820; shape notes (4-shape) as in Lowry's arrangement. The second staff with Bass clef in original; converted to treble clef and moved up one octave. The first four stanzas as in Kentucky Harmony, the last four stanzas from Smith and Sleep's Divine Hymns, 1794. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: The Weary Traveler
First Line: Come all you weary travelers
Arranger: James C. Lowry
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 76. 76. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1820 in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, Edition 1

Description: A folk hymn, related to a number of eighteenth-century songs. First published in Ingalls' Christian Harmony, 1805, without attribution, for three parts, in A minor. The versions fall into three general classes:

  1. Following Ingalls
  2. Following the Missouri Harmony 1820 version of Pilgrim
  3. Following Lowry's 1820 version of The Traveler.

It is uncertain whether versions are dependent on one another, or whether they independently arranged an unpublished manuscript or oral source. Words by an anonymous author (Music 2005); the earliest reference I could find was in Smith and Sleep's Divine Hymns, 1794.

Editions of this tune

Line Ver. Yr. Title Arranger Key Meter Vo. First line Comment
1 1a 1805 The Weary Traveler Jeremiah Ingalls a 76.76.D. 3 Come all ye weary travelers
2 1b 1818 Conquering Soldier Kentucky Harmonist e 76.76.D. 4 O when shall I see Jesus
3 1b 1820 Conquering Soldier Missouri Harmony e 76.76.D. 3 O when shall I see Jesus Missouri Harmony, p. 36
4 2a 1820 Pilgrim Missouri Harmony f# C.M.D. 4 Come all you mourning pilgrims dear Missouri Harmony, p. 147
5 3a 1820 The Traveler James Lowry f# 76.76.D. 4 Come all you weary travelers Suppl. to the Kentucky Harmony
6 3b 1825 The Traveler James Lowry f# 76.76.D. 4 Come all you weary travelers Columbian Harmony
7 3a 1835 The Traveler James Lowry f# 76.76.D. 4 Come all you weary travelers Southern Harmony, p. 79
8 2b 1835 Pilgrim Southern Harmony f# C.M.D. 3 Come all you mourning pilgrims dear Southern Harmony, p. 150
9 2b 1844 Pilgrim The Sacred Harp f# C.M.D. 3 Come all you mourning pilgrims dear Sacred Harp, p. 201
10 2b 1848 Pilgrim The Hesperian Harp f# C.M.D. 4 Come all you mourning pilgrims dear Hesperian Harp, p. 392
11 2b 1911 Pilgrim The Sacred Harp f# C.M.D. 4 Come all you mourning pilgrims dear p. 201; Alto by S. M. Denson
Line Ver. Yr. HTI No. Incipit1 Incipit2 Incipit3 Incipit4 Incipit5 Incipit6 Incipit7 Incipit8
1 1a 1805 11076a 543113(4)5 543111 1333(4)575 7U11D765 1333(4)575 7U11D765 543113(4)5 543111
2 1b 1818 11076d (531123(4)5 543111) 57754(5)75 7U12D75(4)5 7(5)31123(4)5 543111
3 1b 1820 11076b (531123(4)5 543111) 57754(5)75 7U12(D7)5(4)5 7(5)31123(4)5 543111
4 2a 1820 11076d (543113(4)5 543111) 13457U11 1D7U1D765 6(5)4311345 5431D7U1
5 3a 1820 11076c 543113(4)5 6(5)431D7U1 1(2)345(6)7U12 1D7U1D765 1345(6)7U12 1D7U1D765 6(5)43113(4)5 6(5)431D7U1
6 3b 1825 543113(4)5 6(5)431D7U1 1(2)345(6)7U12 1D7U1D765 6(5)43113(4)5 6(5)431D7U1
7 3a 1835 543113(4)5 6(5)431D7U1 1(D7)U345(6)7U12 1D7U1D765 1345(6)7U12 1D7U1D765 6(5)43113(4)5 6(5)431D7U1
8 2b 1835 (54311345 5431D7U1) 13457U11 1D7U1D765 6(5)4311345 5431D7U1
9 2b 1844 (54311345 5431D7U1) 13457U11 1D7U1D765 6(5)4311345 5431D7U1
10 2b 1848 (54311345 5431D7U1) 13457U11 1D7U1D765 6(5)4311345 5431D7U1
11 2b 1911 (54311345 5431D7U1) 13457U11 1D7U1D765 6(5)4311345 5431D7U1

References:

  • Music, David W. 2005. A Selection of Shape-note Folk Hymns: From Southern United States Tune Books, 1816-61. Middleton, Wisconsin: A-R Editions. 172 pp.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at The Weary Traveler.