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Thread #78356   Message #1407416
Posted By: wysiwyg
12-Feb-05 - 02:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Shaker Songs & Hymns
Subject: Add: GOD'S BLESSING
The form of this is ABB, ABB or AABB, AABB, with two verses in whichever pattern is chosen.



This version from the 1884 hymnal "Shaker Music, Original Inspirational Hymns and Songs," is still in use today among the Shakers at Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The tune also appears in a slightly different version in the 1908 Hymnal of the Canterbury Shakers. Learned from the singing of Debra Spencer on Gourd Music CD VERDANT GROVES. This version adapted, edited, and arranged (C) 2005 for The Good News-Goodtime Band by Susan O. Hinton.

A Part:
1. As the dew of the morning,
Or as bright rivers roll;
So, so does God's blessing
Flow into my soul.

B Part:
I'll walk in His presence
As one greatly blessed;
On whose soul the love of
His work is impressed.

2. As the dawn of the morning,
Or a heavenly ray;
His glorious brightness
Illumines my way.

I'll sing of His favor,
I'll merit His love;
By honest endeavor
My loyalty prove.

(From the first chord CHANGE in each line)

A Part:
C, G, C
F, G7, C
F, G7, C
G, G7, C

B Part:
G, C
F, G7, C
G7, C, F
C, G7, C

With thanks to Shelley Phillips, Community Music School, for a start on the arrangement.