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Thread #13209   Message #1159736
Posted By: masato sakurai
12-Apr-04 - 07:09 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Wondrous Love
Subject: RE: wondrous love
According to The Hymnal 1982 Companion, vol. IIIB (1994, no. 439):
Words: This anonymous text appeared in print at least as early as the second enlarged edition of A General Selection of the Newest and Most Admired Hymns and Spiritual Songs Now in Use. By the Rev. Stith Mead, preacher of the Gospel, M.E.C. [Methodist Episcopal Church] . . . Published by permission of the Virginia Conference . . . . (Lynchburg, VA, 1811).
Music: A three-part version of the hexatonic tune WONDROUS LOVE first appeared in print among the additional tunes in the 1840 printing of The Southern Harmony (New Haven, CT), compiled by William Walker. The tune, linked with the text "What wondrous love is this, O my soul," was attributed to "Christopher." In Walker's later book Christian Harmony (Philadelphia, 1867), James Christopher of Spartanburg, South Carolina is identified as the arranger of the tune.
Also in The Sacred Harp (1860, p. 159).

"Wondrous Love" can be heard at Voices Across America:

Voices of Union (shape-note singing)

Voices of Fort Worth (shape-note singing)

Voices of Waco (shape-note singing)

Voices of Reston (by Jane Sparks Tatum)