Invitation New (Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal)

This song is on the Anonymous 4 American Angels CD; they sing it in "C".

Reset as a PDF file (and the Lilypond file for this).

Note that the melody is basically the same as Return Again (335: "Savior, visit Thy plantation") in the Sacred Harp, which has it in 4 parts, speeds it up by a factor of 2, and the treble and alto are substantially different.

Of shamanistic interest is the fact that "Savior, visit Thy plantation" is a rain-making song, whereas "Hark I hear the harps eternal" is a flood-crossing song.

Personally (as a baritone), I find it pleasing to sing the Sacred Harp treble line along with the Anonymous 4 recording; because of range the other parts are frustrating.

Hark I hear the harps eternal,
ringing on the farther shore,
As I near those swollen waters
with their deep and solemn roar.

And my soul, tho' stained with sorrow,
Fading as the light of day,
Passes swiftly o'er those waters,
To the city far away.

Souls have cross'd before me, saintly,
To that land of perfect rest;
And I hear them singing faintly,
In the mansions of the blest.

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