THE CHILD OF GRACE

Composer: Amos Pilsbury

Amos Pilsbury was a silversmith, clerk in the Presbyterian Church, and school teacher, who lived in Charleston, South Carolina. He compiled The United States Sacred Harmony in 1799 (Steel and Hulan 2010, Music 1995). Go to person page >

Arranger: James P. Carrell

James P. Carrell was a "farmer, Methodist minister, and county clerk in Lebanon, Russell County, Virginia. He was author of the Songs of Zion (1821) and co-author of Virginia Harmony (1831)" (Steel and Hulan 2010). Several of his songs were printed in Kentucky Harmony and its supplements. Go to person page >

Arranger: Elisha J. King

(no biographical information available about Elisha J. King.) Go to person page >

Tune Information

Arranger: Elisha J. King (1844)
Arranger: James P. Carrell (1821)
Composer: Amos Pilsbury (1799)
Place of Origin: Boston, Massachusetts
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.6.8.6
Incipit: 17532 157
Notes: See Music, David W. 1995. Seven "New" Tunes in Amos Pilsbury's United States' Sacred Harmony (1799) and Their Use in Four-Shape Shape-Note Tunebooks of the Southern United States before 1860. American Music 13(4):403-447. https://www.jstor.org/stable/3052402
Key: b minor
Source: United States Sacred Harmony, by Amos Pilsbury, 1799

Texts

How happy every child of grace, Who knows his sins forgiven!

How happy every child of grace
Who knows his sins forgiven!
This earth, he cries, is not my place,
I seek my place in heaven:
A country far from mortal sight;
Yet, O! By faith I see
The land of rest, the saints’ delight,
The heaven prepar’d for me.

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