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Go Now in Peace

Go now in peace, go now in peace

Author: Natalie Sleeth (1975)
Tune: GO NOW IN PEACE (Sleeth)
Published in 23 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI
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Author: Natalie Sleeth

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Natalie Sleeth (b. Evanston, IL, 1930; d. Denver, CO, 1992) wrote this charming round in 1975 when she was employed in the church school of Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, dedicating it to one of her Orff instrumentalist friends. Sleeth published the text and music of this hymn in 1976 in her Sunday Songbook, compiled for use by church school groups and young choirs. Sleeth's work consists of many anthems that involve two-, three-, or four-part rounds. The text is a simple blessing or benediction: go in peace under God's loving care.

Liturgical Use:
A parting blessing; a sung benediction at the close of a worship service; generally useful at any Sunday worship service, but probably most fitting at a festive service because of the extra effort required for instrumentation; could also be a recessional in which each group begins to leave after completing its part of the round.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



The beauty of GO NOW IN PEACE lies in its simplicity of melody and in the many possibilities of enhancing a performance with a variety of instruments. The hymn is a wonderful "little anthem" for a children's choir accompanied by elementary school instrumentalists. Use Orff instruments or try handbel…

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Instances (1 - 22 of 22)

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #660

Chalice Hymnal #437

Hymnal #429


Lift Up Your Hearts #950

Moravian Book of Worship #822

Text InfoTune InfoAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #317

Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #293

RitualSong #226

Santo, Santo, Santo #722

Sing With Me #231

Singing Our Faith #281

Singing the Living Tradition #413

Songs for Life #79

The Book of Praise #622

The Covenant Hymnal #672


The United Methodist Hymnal #665

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #146

Together in Song #782

Voices Together #835

Voices United #964


With Heart and Voice #66

찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship #363

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