|First Line:||Go now in peace, go now in peace|
|Title:||Go Now in Peace|
|Author:||Natalie Sleeth (1975)|
|Copyright:||© 1976, Hinshaw Music, Inc.|
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.
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