Note regarding digitized tunebooks on the Internet: An increasing number of 19th-century tunebooks long out of print have been, or will be, scanned or retypeset and placed on the Internet. Also at least one digital periodical featuring new Sacred Harp compositions is now online. A few of these publications of greater than usual interest are listed in this chapter, while others are listed in Chapter 4 on Internet resources. Separating paper-printed books from digital books in different chapters is becoming anachronistic, but until Chapter 4 is restructured, one should check both chapters.
Note regarding out-of-print books: This list includes some important tunebooks that were in print within the past 20 years but are now out of print. One may find them in large libraries. Alternatively one may inquire with Internet book search services, which can access inventories of distributors and second-hand book stores. Also, digital images of selected pages of some books may be found on Google Books.
The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. The 1991 Edition is the more widely used of two major editions of The Sacred Harp in use today, particularly in the north and central regions of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, and among the many Sacred Harp singers outside the South. In the lineage of Sacred Harp editions, it is a descendent of the 1844 tunebook The Sacred Harp by B.F. White and E. J. King, and, more immediately, is a major revision of, and successor to, the Denson Revision of the Original Sacred Harp. To compile the 1991 Edition, a music committee of prominent Sacred Harp singers chaired by Hugh McGraw added 62 songs and deleted 46 rarely sung older songs and anthems. The added songs include late 18th- and early 19th-century classics of New England and Southern origin and new songs by living composers from the South, Northeast, and Midwest. (The nature of the revisions made in the 1991 Edition are dramatically different from those made to create the Denson Revision decades before, and the tunebook title and ownership structure of the publishing company are different as well, so the continued use of the term "Denson book" for this revision is, in a strict sense, incorrect.) The scores of all 554 songs were entirely retypeset for easier legibility. Sources and dates of tunes and texts were revised to reflect modern scholarship by Professors David Warren Steel and William J. Reynolds. There is a Rudiments section relevant to modern singers by John Garst. This edition has been very enthusiastically received by the Sacred Harp community as well as by hymnologists. Typographical errors in the initial printings were gradually corrected in subsequent printings. The current printing is the ninth or higher. ISBN 0-9727398-0-7. Order from the Sacred Harp Publishing Co., c/o Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, 318 Arizona Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. New prices as of early December 2011: The price of one-five books is $20.00 per book plus $5.00 for the first book for shipping via USPS to addresses in the continental U.S. Shipping for additional books after the first (up to four) is $2.75 per book. The price of a case of six books is $120.00 per case plus $15.00 for the first case for shipping including insurance and delivery confirmation. Shipping for additional cases is $12.75 per case. Larger orders must be in multiples of six books. Orders outside the continental U.S. are by special arrangement. One can make inquiries by contacting the ordering team at at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Make checks payable to Sacred Harp Publishing Company. Payment by credit card through PayPal is now available.
The Sacred Harp Online Index by Chris Thorman is an integrated set of indices of the The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. More information in Chapter 4.
Digital images of songs in the Denson Revisions of 1960-1971 that were deleted when compiling the 1991 Edition, prepared by Berkley Moore.
The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition, 2012. The "Cooper Book" is a revision descended from the original Sacred Harp tunebook and compiled, initially in 1902, by a different circle of singers from those who produced the Denson and 1991 Editions described above. It has been traditionally used in the Florida panhandle, the southern regions of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, and in Texas. It is also used by black Sacred Harp groups in Alabama. Nationwide interest in the Cooper Book has increased dramatically in recent years, and currently there are Cooper Book singings in nearly all regions of the U.S. The Cooper Book has many songs in common with the Denson/1991 Sacred Harp (sometimes with different alto parts and titles) but also many other mid- to late-nineteenth-century songs having a relatively sweet harmony, including "call-and-response" songs. It also has a number of beautiful "folk hymns" not in the 1991 Edition, and several contemporary songs. Many Sacred Harp singers attend both Cooper Book and 1991 Edition singings and cherish the unique songs of each tradition. The new 2012 Cooper Book, released in December 2012, represents a monumental cover-to-cover retypesetting of all pages by Karen Willard, a Seattle alto singer and shape-note music publisher who had previously retypeset many pages in the 2000 and 2006 editions. Ms. Willard has written prepublication information which is summarized here: The new edition is 1/2 inch taller and 1/2 inch wider than before. All known musical and typographical errors were corrected. All remaining uses of "etc." were replaced with actual lyrics, and additional verses were added to 95 songs where there was space for more. All alto parts are in the treble (rather than alto) clef. The number of pages was increased by 16 to 608 plus Roman-numeral pages at the beginning, and several new-to-the-book songs were added. There are many other small changes to improve singability and usability. Clearly everyone who attends Cooper Book singings will want to buy a copy of this new edition. The base price is $20.00 per book plus shipping (charges to be announced soon) Bulk orders would be based on 10 books/carton; pricing is to be announced soon. Make checks payable to the Sacred Harp Book Co. Address orders and inquiries to Mr. Bill Aplin, Secretary/Treasurer, The Sacred Harp Book Co., 200 S. Johnson St., Samson, AL 36477, e-mail aplinbill-at-gmail-dot-com, phone 334-898-7253.
Comparison Tune Index Between the 1991 Denson Revision and the 2006 Cooper Revision by Gaylon L. Powell. More information is in Chapter 4.
The B.F. White Sacred Harp (Cooper Book) Online Index (for the 2006 revision) by Gaylon L. Powell. One can search all the songs by title, page number, first line, composer, poet, meter, and key words. The word index is still under construction.
Cooper Book Tunes (online index) by Martha Henderson and Tim Slattery is an integrated set of indices to all of the songs in the Cooper Book, 2000 Revision.
The Sacred Harp, Fourth Edition with Supplement, compiled by J.L. White (1911), 2007 Edition. James Landrum White, the eighth son of B.F. White, published The Sacred Harp, Fourth Edition, With Supplement in 1911. The "J.L. White edition" is a treasure chest of old tunes written in the four-shape note system. It contains most of the songs, generally without changes, in the final and largest edition (1869-1870) of B. F. White's The Sacred Harp along with a supplement of around 102 newer songs mostly in the then-emerging gospel style (including some songs popular to this day). Additionally twenty songs were inserted to replace eighteen that had been removed from the main section of the book. With 597 songs, it was the largest Sacred Harp edition to date and was more traditional than the other early 20th century Sacred Harp revisions (Cooper, James, and later Denson) because of the minimal changes in the main (B.F. White) section, including retention of the three-part harmonies (lacking alto parts) favored by B. F. White. In fact, around 60 per cent of the songs in the book are in three-part harmonizations. Also, it has two Rudiments sections, one at the beginning written by B. F. White and a second one at the end written by J.L. White, evidently an accomplished musician who offered interesting advice to singers. The "White Book" became popular in the northern parts of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, eastern Tennessee, and some parts of south Georgia. It was used by black singers in northern Mississippi. After the book became unavailable, its use became limited to two or three singings each year at Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. (This background is from R. L. Vaughn and John Plunkett.) A laborious project over several years to retypeset and reprint the White book reached fruition in 2007. The project was managed by a committee headed by John Plunkett. The durable clothbound book, which is suitable for singing, has a cover resembling that of the 1911 book. Outstanding yet faithful retypesetting of the entire book, music and text, was done by singer Karen Willard. All remaining alto clefs and alto-part bass clefs have been replaced by treble clefs. The 2007 Edition of the White Book should be of great interest to Sacred Harp singers, particularly history-minded ones, eager to have a readable and available volume presenting worthy songs found in the 19th century Sacred Harp editions of B.F. White but afterward deleted, and to have four-shape versions of popular late-19th century songs that until now were found only in seven-shape tunebooks. This edition has a base price of $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping per book to U.S. addresses, or $150.00 per box of six books plus $10.00 for shipping and insurance. International shipping is also possible. Mr. Plunkett requests that those planning to place an order should contact him first at email@example.com for precise instructions. Copies will also be available for sale at major Sacred Harp conventions in Alabama, Georgia, and probably elsewhere.
The Sacred Harp, by B. F. White and E. J. King, facsimile reprint of the third edition, 1859-60 published by Reprint Services Corp. This early edition of 432 pages has many of the oldest tunes and anthems in The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition and Cooper Revision, generally on the same page numbers and often without alto parts, and also contains many gems that were deleted from later editions to make space for later compositions. There is a detailed Rudiments section. Introductory essays found in the Broadman Press edition described below (now out of print) are not found in this edition. Library binding with gold lettering. ISBN 0781297257. The price is $89.00 plus $6.00 shipping from the publisher, Reprint Services Corporation, P.O. Box 890820, Temecula, CA 92589, phone 909-699-5731. A probably better alternative is to purchase the 2007 Edition of The Sacred Harp Fourth Edition With Supplement compiled by J. L. White, son of B. F. White (see item immediately above). This book has a faithful retypesetting of the entire 1869-70 edition of The Sacred Harp, which includes most of the songs of the 1859 edition plus a supplement of 59 newly added songs.
Internet Web sites containing images of the 1859-60 edition of The Sacred Harp:
- Buried in an online collection at Michigan State University on "Shaping the Values of Youth: Sunday School Books in Nineteenth Century America" are seven 19th century hymnals. The copy of the Sacred Harp used was very clear, but the organization of images and text is not as good as at the site listed below. The URL for the collection is http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/ssb/index.cfm?CollectionID=58.
- The above collection is also in the Library of Congress's American Memory Project. Particular pages of the tunebook are easier to access on this site, because the book is divided into several sections, each with its own link, and the hymn texts for each song are given with links to image(s) of the page(s) of that song. The URL for The Sacred Harp is http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/svy:@field(DOCID+@lit(harpT000)).
The Sacred Harp, by B. F. White and E. J. King, facsimile of the third edition, 1859-60 published by Broadman Press. This facsimile was published in 1968 at the recommendation of the Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. In addition to the facsimile of the 432 pages of the 1860 edition, described in the item immediately above, there is a excellent 16-page 1944 essay by George Pullen Jackson, the musicologist who informed the musical world of the Sacred Harp folk tradition in the 1930s. There is also a postscript to Jackson's essay by Prof. William J. Reynolds, who was instrumental in publishing this edition, describing the Sacred Harp scene in 1968. The publisher, Broadman Press, Nashville, TN, 37203, phone 800-458-2772, is out of stock and has no plans to reprint the book. However, the 1860 tunebook itself is now available from Reprint Services Corp, and a faithful retypesetting is found in the 2007 Edition of The Sacred Harp Fourth Edition With Supplement compiled by J. L. White (see above).
Original Sacred Harp, 1911 James Edition, online digital images. In the history of Sacred Harp revisions, the James Revision was the immediate predecessor to the Denson Revision (see first item above). It was compiled by a committee chaired by Joseph S. James and published to compete with the new B. F. White Sacred Harp (Cooper) revision and to draw singers who preferred the "old harmonies" of the "original" 1844-1860 Sacred Harp to more modern gospel-music styles. This large book contains 609 tunes as well as newly written (but not always accurate) historical information at the bottom of each tune. It attempted to include most of the songs from each of the B. F. White editions. It contains 176 worthy songs subsequently eliminated from the Denson revision. Digital scans of a copy of the entire "James revision" (1921 printing) have been generated by the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University at the request of Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, vice president of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of this revision in 2011. The volume is available as a free download (27 MB) from the Pitts digital archives. (Note: Reading the Preface alone to appreciate the motivation behind this edition is well worth the downloading effort.) (Note: Two more shape-note tunebooks published by James in 1909 and 1913 are listed near the bottom of this chapter.)
Digitized images of a different printing of the James book (at the library of the University of California at Santa Cruz) are available as a free Google e-book. Downloading is faster at this site compared to the Emory site described above, but there is no image of the book's cover.
The Colored Sacred Harp compiled by Judge Jackson. A four-shape tunebook originally compiled in 1934 in Ozark, AL, and used by black Wiregrass Sacred Harp singers in southern Alabama. It contains 77 tunes written by black composers in Alabama, such as Florida Storm, and is used in addition to the Cooper revision in black singings. A short history of the book and rudiments section, both by H. Japheth Jackson, son of Judge Jackson, are in later editions. The book is available for $25.00 plus $2.50 shipping from Janice Jackson, 316 Legends Drive, Montgomery AL 36116. A fine CD featuring the Wiregrass Singers singing from this book was issued in 1993 (see Recent Recordings of Traditional Singings). (Note: The ColoredSacredHarp.org website has been down in 2012, but the domain is still properly registered.)
Christian Harmony, 2010 Edition (unifying Carolina and Alabama books). The Christian Harmony tunebook described here was originally compiled by William Walker in 1866 using his own seven-shape notation. This tunebook included some songs from the earlier Sacred Harp and Southern Harmony but included many songs and hymns that became popular in the second half of the 19th century. There have been two editions in use recently:
The Christian Harmony Music Company, Inc. has published in late 2010 a unified edition. As explained by Michael Spencer, "We are please to share that the book is now complete and in hand. This revision combines William Walker's 1873 edition ("Carolina book") with the 2002 printing of the Deason-Parris revision ("Alabama book"). The songs from the Deason-Parris revision are presented mostly in their original order, and all of the roughly 200 songs dropped from the 1873 edition follow. And we have included a few songs from contemporary authors. All songs and rudiments have been completely re-typeset (in the Aiken seven-shape system)." Ordering information is posted at TheChristianHarmony.com. Briefly, the price of a single book is $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping. Quantity pricing is available. Make checks payable to the Christian Harmony Music Company, Inc. and mail to: Michael Spencer, 1200 Riverbanks Road, Bishop, Georgia 30621.
Additional information about Christian Harmony tunebooks and singings can be found on the unofficial Christian Harmony Web page.
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, by William Walker, facsimile of the 1854 edition. First published in 1835 and containing music written in the four-shape notation, this was the most popular shape-note tunebook of the 19th century. It is currently used at the Big Singing in Benton, KY, and several new singings. There is a revival of interest in this tunebook, which has not been revised since 1854. This facsimile edition contains an historical introduction with interesting footnotes by Glenn C. Wilcox. The September 1993 reprinting has a sleeve with a CD containing 29 favorite songs sung at Big Singings from 1966 to 1992. Published by the University Press of Kentucky, 663 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508 (phone 800-839-6855). ISBN 978-0-8131-1859-8. The list price is $40, plus postage. If it unavailable there, look for it on Amazon.com. The CD alone can probably still be purchased from its producer H. S. Jones (see Recordings of Traditional Singings).
Internet Web sites containing images of the The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion:
- The American Memory Project of the Library of Congress has digital images of all pages of the 1847 edition of The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, including the Rudiments. There does not seem to be a front Web page for this collection, so the link here is for page 5, the title page. From there go to any of the 312 pages.
- The Online Southern Harmony by Harry Plantinga. This Web site contains images of the score of each song of William Walker's Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (1854 edition), along with complete song text, tune attributions and some MIDI sound files. There are indices and a search engine as well. This resource is in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
The New Harp of Columbia, Restored Edition, compiled by W. H. and M. L. Swan. This is a new and expanded edition, published in October, 2001, of a seven-shapenote tunebook New Harp of Columbia, which was first published in 1867 in Knoxville, Tennessee and was a successor to The Harp of Columbia (1848). In addition to psalm and folk hymn tunes and fuging tunes found in earlier sources, the relatively "modern" New Harp of Columbia has many hymntunes by mid-19th-century composers Lowell Mason, Thomas Hastings, and M. L. Swan. The Swan seven-shape system is unique to this book. Regular "Harp sings" from this book are held in the Knoxville area in east Tennessee and are announced in the Old Harp Newsletter. The New Harp of Columbia, Restored Edition consists of the facsimile of the 1867 edition plus a new section containing 39 facsimile pages of tunes (39 songs plus five rounds) from the 1848 Harp of Columbia which were omitted from the 1867 New Harp of Columbia. Some of these are old favorites but many have been neglected for 150 years. Also included are the original forward and Rudiments by the Swans, the tune "Old Hundred" as it appeared in the 1848 book with different treble and alto lines from the 1867 book, new forwards to the Restored Edition by Larry Olszewski and Bruce Wheeler, and extra lyrics sung by recent Old Harp singers. The Restored Edition was compiled by a group of New Harp of Columbia singers including Larry Olszewski, Bruce Wheeler, and Bob Richmond. The cloth hardcover volume has 274 pages. It is published by the University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN. ISBN 1-57233-128-3. The price from the publisher is $38.00 plus shipping. To order, call the distribution center at 1-800-621-2736. Copies are also available for sale at cost at New Harp of Columbia singings and probably some major Sacred Harp conventions. For more information, check the New Harp of Columbia Shape Note Singers Web site.
The Missouri Harmony, 2005 Edition, compiled originally by Allen Carden and revised by Wings of Song. The St. Louis Shape-Note Singers (operating as Wings of Song) have prepared and published a new and substantial revision of the Missouri Harmony, one of the most important early American four-shape tunebooks, first published in 1820. (For more history, see item immediately below -- the 1846 edition.). To create the 2005 Edition, the publication committee removed the 1835 Supplement and around 64 tunes that appear in essentially the same form in The Sacred Harp. To the remaining 120 tunes, they added a Supplement of 60 tunes, of which 24 are old tunes (both of New England and Southern origin) that were not easily accessible to midwestern singers and 36 are compositions by living composers. The total number of tunes is thus 180. (These numbers are courtesy of Berkley Moore.) The modern tunes include some already well-known ones by composers such as Dan Brittain, Judy Hauff, John Bayer, Ted Johnson, and Hal Kunkel. All music has been typeset by Dan Brittain with editing by Emily Gruber and others. The easy readability of the scores and the rugged cloth binding are ideal for use at singings. There are also interesting introductory essays (with photos) on the history of The Missouri Harmony (by Peter Ellertsen and Karen Isbell), the revival of Sacred Harp singing in the midwest (Judy Hauff), and the history of the St. Louis Shape-Note Singers (by Ann T. Leckie). The book is 384 pages and is published by Missouri Historical Society Press. ISBN 1883982545. List price $29.95. Lower prices have been found at online booksellers such as Amazon.com or when purchased in person from St. Louis singers, who do not accept mail orders.
The Missouri Harmony, compiled by Allen D. Carden, facsimile reprint of the 1846 edition. This important four-shape tunebook, first published in 1820, was widely used in the Missouri Territory and was reportedly the tunebook from which the young Abe Lincoln sang. Editions after 1850 were revised to include gospel tunes and "corrected" harmony. The 1846 edition, which contains a number of fine tunes in the old style not found in other currently available tunebooks, was reprinted in 1994 in softbound form. It also includes the 1835 Supplement of 38 pages of more "genteel" music. The reprint contains a new introduction by Missouri Harmony expert Prof. Shirley Bean. This edition is not well suited for singing because of the poor legibility of the original score and the glued-spine softbound binding. The book is now out of print, but used and unused copies may be purchased from sellers listed on Amazon.com, eBay, etc. The St. Louis Singers produced a recording (now in CD format) of songs from this tunebook (see chapter 6). More recently, they have published the Missouri Harmony 2005 Edition (see item immediately above).
The Harmonia Sacra, by Joseph Funk and sons, 25th Edition, compiled by James Nelson Gingerich. This important tunebook was initially published in 1832 by Funk as A Compilation of Genuine Church Music to serve the Mennonite community of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley area. It initially used the four-shape system, but with the fifth edition in 1851 it adopted a seven-shape system and the name Harmonia Sacra. An expanded, beautifully hardbound, and oblong 25th edition was published in November 1993 and includes the following: Funk's Rudiments and Elucidation of Vocal Music (46 pages and not published since the 1870s), all the material found in the first four-part edition (the 12th edition of 1867), and 27 three-part four-shape songs from the first two editions. All musical pages are facsimiles from previous Editions; however, many typesetting errors in song texts were corrected to help in singing. There is additional information at the Web site. Although The Harmonia Sacra, 26th Edition has been published in 2008, the 25th Edition is still available for purchase. ISBN 1-56148-104-1. To order, write or call the publisher: Good Books, P.O. Box 419, Intercourse, PA 17534, phone 717-768-7171. The price is $19.95 plus $2.00 for shipping. Credit card orders accepted by phone. (Note the excellent 1994 publication The Harmonia Sacra Handbook by James Nelson Gingerich and Matthew Lind, described in the section Books and Articles about Shape Note Music.)
The Harmonia Sacra, by Joseph Funk and sons, 26th Edition, edited, designed, and typeset by James Nelson Gingerich. The 26th Edition, a remarkable labor of love, differs from the 25th mainly by the new typesetting of all of the musical scores in the seven-shape notation (Funk's unique system used in previous editions, not the Aiken system), enabling easier reading compared to the previous facsimile reproductions. The songs with four-shape notation reintroduced in the 25th edition are also retypeset in the seven-shape system. The Rudiments have also been retypeset. There are occasional corrections and composer/author attributions not shown in the earlier editions. Only one song differs between the editions. ISBN 0-9840601-0-3. To order a copy to be mailed to a U.S. address, send a check for $30.00 to James Gingerich, 218 S. 8th Street, Goshen, IN 46528. Include your postal address and e-mail address. For deliveries to Canada and elsewhere, e-mail Will Fitzgerald first.
The Harmonia Sacra, by Joseph Funk and sons, 26th Edition, online in four- and seven-shape notations, edited, designed, and typeset by James Nelson Gingerich in collaboration with Will Fitzgerald. The online edition has the user option of selecting Funk's seven-shape notation or the fasola four-shape notation for each song. The Rudiments, many indices (including incipit index), and minutes of Harmonia Sacra singings in Elkhart, IN are presented as well.
The Social Harp, by John G. McCurry, facsimile edition reprinted (2008) in paperback. An 1855 important four-shape tunebook from rural Georgia with 222 both secular and spiritual songs in three-part harmony for singing schools, camp-meetings, and revivals. Some well known songs are found here, such as Weeping Mary, Parting Friends, To the Land, and Wake Up. About half of the songs in the book were written or harmonized by John McCurry and friends. The 1973 facsimile edition, published in hardback by the University of Georgia Press, was prepared by Drs. Daniel Patterson and John Garst. Dr. Patterson's extensive Introduction provides interesting biographical and historical information. Although the hardbound facsimile edition has been long out of print, the publisher in 2008 has reissued the 1973 edition in the form of a handsome paperback edition, apparently through their print-on-demand service. This edition includes the Forward and Introduction by Drs. Garst and Patterson. ISBN 0820331511. The list price is $26.95. It is also available from Amazon.com.
An American Christmas Harp, Third Edition, 2009, compiled by Karen Willard. This is a beautiful, valuable, and unique compilation of most of the worthy 18th- and early 19th-century American shape-note Christmas songs, compiled by musicologist and devoted alto singer Karen Willard of the Seattle area and first published in December 1994. This tunebook are now widely used in singing circles around the nation to access the rich world of shape-note Christmas music, of which only a few examples are found in The Sacred Harp. In the words of Ms. Willard: "This collection is made up of songs with sacred Christmas words from the mostly rural, mostly non-denominational, mostly shapenote American oblong tunebooks of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries." The third edition has 97 tunes (an increase of 9 tunes from the previous edition), of which 30 are minor-scale songs and one is mixolydian. Ninety-two of the tunes are in four parts; five are in three parts. Ten tunes were dropped from this edition, all of which will be placed online as PDFs for those wishing to sing them. Several more songs from British traditions have been added to this edition. The book has a spiral wire binding and heavy cardboard cover. ISBN 978-1-61584-532-3. The price is $18.00 per single copy or $16.00 each on orders of ten or more, plus shipping depending on the destination. Detailed ordering information is found on the web pages for the tunebook. Contact Weelyrd Publishing, 15215 Tubbs Rd., Buckley, WA 98321. E-mail inquiries to Weelyrd_Publishing-at-weelyrd-dot-net (manually enter this e-mail into your mail application, and don't overlook the underscore line between Weelyrd and Publishing.)
The Norumbega Harmony: Historic and Contemporary Hymn Tunes and Anthems from the New England Singing School Tradition, by Stephen A. Marini, with Susan Mampre, Dennis O'Brien, Bruce Randall, Glen Wright, and Jane Zanichkowsky. Published in late 2003 after a decade of research and production work, this sturdy hardbound oblong tunebook of 325 pages presents shape-note editions (using the four-shape system) of 106 early American choral works and 30 new compositions from living composers active in the shape-note singing revival. The editors write, "the historic scores have been constructed directly from the first editions and use the texts originally set by the composers. Most of these tunes have not been published since the early 19th century and are not available in other tunebooks currently in print. Virtually all of the contemporary tunes appear here for the first time." The collection contains the following chapters and prominently featured composers: I. Boston (W. Billings, O. Holden); II. Massachusetts (A. Wood, J. French, J. Kimball, T. Swan); III. Connecticut (O. Brownson, A. Benham, D. Read); IV. Maine (S. Belcher, A. Maxim); Vermont, New York (E. West, N. Shumway, J. Storm, J. Ingalls); VI. West and South (L. Chapin and W. Walker); and VII. Contemporary Tunes (S. Marini, B. Randall, D. and L. O'Brien, N. Bruce, G. Wright). (There are also tunes by many other composers not listed here.) The Forward is by musicologist Nym Cooke. The Introduction by Prof. Marini is a highly informative summary of the New England singing school movement and performance practices. At the end of the book are excellent commentaries on the tunes and texts, and indices of scripture, theological themes, meters, authors, composers, first lines, and tune titles. Dr. Marini, Professor of Religion at Wellesley College, is the founder and director of the Norumbega Harmony, a Boston-based amateur choral group specializing in early American choral music. This tunebook is a "must" for anyone interested in the vast body of beautiful New England singing school music, only a small fraction of which is found in Southern shape-note tunebooks. Published by the University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1-57806-611-5. List price $25.00. It is available from online booksellers such as Amazon.com and also directly from Norumbega Harmony by mailing in an order form available on their Web site.
The Christian Harmony or Songster's Companion by Jeremiah Ingalls, Bicentennial 2005 Edition edited by Thomas B. Malone. Ingalls' The Christian Harmony, published with round rather than shaped notes in 1805 in Vermont, contains some of the earliest examples of folk hymns and spirituals that combined folk and popular melodies with sacred texts and poetry. Tom Malone, a composer, music educator, and singer, has published a new edition containing the entire contents of Ingalls' 1805 work reset in modern type using four-shape notation. Furthermore, this edition includes an extensive appendix (called "Connexion" after Mr. Malone's singing group) of nearly 60 additional tunes by 18th century New England masters (including Billings, Swan, Read, Belcher, and Holden) and 20th century composers (including Bruce Randall, Glen Wright, Tom Malone, and Neely Bruce). Finally, Mr. Malone has compiled a highly illuminating table relating tunes in the 1805 Christian Harmony to similar ones in the Sacred Harp 1991 Edition. This 260-page book with a spiral-bound flexible cover is a "performing edition" for use in singing (including traditional shape-note singing). Although it is self-published with no ISBN as yet, this is an excellent, well-produced volume which will bring to modern singers readable scores of many worthy songs that deserve greater notice. The price is $16.00 including shipping as listed on Mr. Malone's Singingalls.org Web site. The Web site also has a section The Christian Harmony (1805) Online, which features images of the scores of 17 of Ingall's songs from the new edition and MP3 files of singing of several of these songs by Mr. Malone's group Connexion Singers. Several CDs of Ingall's tunes are also available for purchase. If the online store remains non-operational, contact Mr. Malone for ordering information at both of the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Shenandoah Harmony compiled by John del Re, Kelly Macklin, Leland del Re, Nora Miller (Dunn), Daniel Hunter, Myles Dakan, and Rachel Hall. This new four-shape tunebook is scheduled to be published in early 2013 (with a 2012 date) and will include about 450 songs in a format suitable for singing. To be included are the best songs published by Ananias Davisson from 1816-1825 in the Shenandoah Valley, folk hymns from the Chapins, Ingalls, Walker, McCurry, Hauser, and their contemporaries, additional early New England compositions including some never before printed in shapes, and modern four-shape compositions, all newly typeset. The music committee, composed of highly dedicated Sacred Harp singers, edited and occasionally arranged some of the songs to make them suitable for class singing. They have produced an 84-page preview packet which is available as a free download from the Shenandoah Harmony Website and which has been used at recent singings. One can also download audio and video files of singing of some of the songs in the packet; audio files are on the tunebook's website, and videos are on YouTube.com. The compilers also have a Facebook page.
Kentucky Harmony (1816), by Ananias Davisson, facsimile edition. One of the most important early tunebooks. Davisson actually lived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia rather than Kentucky. The book was the first truly Southern shapenote tunebook. The introduction by Irving Lowens is an excellent brief history of shape-note singing. This reproduction had been available for $24.00 postpaid from the publisher, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 426 S. 5th St., Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440 (phone 612-330-3300), but it has permanently gone out of print recently.
A Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony by Ananias Davisson, Third Edition 1825, online images compiled by Hans Bayer and Berkley Moore. The 150-page Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony is an historically important tunebook, because unlike the original The Kentucky Harmony it included beautiful previously unpublished harmonized tunes of folk origin, including revival tunes. The Supplement was never reprinted in facsimile form in recent times, so the online scans of Bayer and Moore are a useful resource. These scans are available as single-page PDFs on Terre Schill's SacredHarp.mus website and also as a single large PDF (97 MB) generated by Robert Stoddard and found on his BostonSing.org website.
A Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony by Ananias Davisson, Third Edition 1825, completely retypeset by Robert Stoddard (online). The important Supplement includes many beautiful harmonized tunes of folk origin not previously published, but the original scores were difficult to read when singing. Mr. Stoddard has completely reset the entire Supplement (142 songs) with modern legible scores and texts (generated by Lilypond software) optimized for use by singers. He has corrected obvious errors in the original. His high quality working draft of all of the book (163 pages) is found as a PDF (3.3 MB) on his website under the subtitle SupplKtHarmony.
The Hesperian Harp: a Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Odes and Anthems by William Hauser, 1848, online images compiled by Berkley Moore. The Herperian Harp by William Hauser is one of the most important 19th century tunebooks. As Berkley Moore writes, it "is the largest and arguably the best of the shape-note tune books of the Nineteenth Century." The songs are written in the four-shape fasola notation, are stylistically similar to those found in The Sacred Harp, and include many composed by Hauser himself. Berkley Moore has scanned all 552 pages of this tunebook including the Preface and Indices.
The Olive Leaf, compiled by William Hauser and Benjamin Turner (1878), digital images prepared by John and Hans Bayer. The Olive Leaf is an important collection of tunes presented in the Aiken seven-shape notation. It contains many new songs not in William Hauser's earlier opus, The Hesperian Harp (see above). A facsimile edition was never printed, but now the book has been scanned and images placed online. Berkley Moore writes: "The Olive Leaf" is set in a format occasionally used for round-note books in the Nineteenth Century, but almost unique in shape-note books. There are three staves with the top staff containing the part that Sacred Harp singers would consider the treble and the bottom staff containing the bass. The middle staff, however, contains two parts, the tune's melody on top and the alto part below it."
The Georgian Harmony: A Collection of Hymns and Fuging Tunes in the Shape-Note Tradition, Second Edition by Raymond C. Hamrick. Mr. Hamrick of Macon, GA, a living composer of six beloved songs in The Sacred Harp 1991 Edition, as well as a master watchmaker and gemologist, has composed much music in the Sacred Harp style over the past 50 years. The South Georgia Sacred Harp Singing Convention, spearheaded by John Plunkett and the Hollingsworth family, published 92 of these tunes, most of which were not previously published, in a 118-page hardbound oblong book issued in 2010. The greatly expanded Second Edition published in 2012 contains many more tunes by Mr. Hamrick on a total of 250 pages. The tunes are printed in four-shape notation with excellent typesetting. The book also contains drawings by Justin Squizzerro and Sara Lynch-Thomason and brief commentary about the churches for which tunes were named. The first edition was very well received received by Sacred Harp singers. (Minutes and a video of the inaugural singing from the spiralbound edition of the tunebook are posted on the Web.) The price of the Second Edition is $25.00 each plus $5.00 each for shipping by U.S. mail. A box of 12 books is $300.00 plus $15 shipping to U.S. addresses. Make checks payable to The Georgian Harmony and and mail orders to John Hollingsworth, 1574 Adams Clarke Rd., Commerce, GA 30530.
Tunebooks from the Northern Harmony Publishing Co., headed by Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler. Items can be ordered on the online store with credit card payment. Northern Harmony Publishing Co. is located at 5748 Hollister Hill Rd., Marshfield, VT 05658, phone 802-426-3210. More information can be obtained from the Northern Harmony Web site (the front page of which is now entitled Village Harmony) or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Harmony Online Index prepared by Robert Stoddard is a set of integrated indices of songs in the Northern Harmony, Fourth Edition . See chapter 4).
The New Millennium Harp compiled by Lisa Grayson. This collection, published in 2001, contains 94 previously unpublished shape-note compositions by talented living composers, some already household names in the Sacred Harp community and others who may become so. This mixed-format tunebook (some tunes in traditional oblong format, others in upright) features a variety of music in the Sacred Harp genre, including fuging tunes, rearrangements of old songs, and even an anthem, typeset or handwritten in four-shape notation, and selected by prominent Chicago alto singer Lisa Grayson. For a list of compositions and composers, the compiler's introduction, and ordering information, check http://www.publica.com/NMHarp.html. For one to nine copies, the price is $18.00 per copy ($15.00 for the book; $3.00 for shipping and handling within the US). In 2010 Ms. Grayson announced a new discounted price of $50.00 per box of ten books (plus shipping) in an effort to increase the awareness of the many great compositions in this edition. Checks should be made payable to Lisa Grayson. Please email her at lisa-at-publica-dot-com to obtain more information.
An Eclectic Harmony, subtitled "A collection of four-shape tunes, old and new, in a great variety of styles and metres from sources additional to the Denson Revision of The Sacred Harp, submitted for the spiritual upliftment and enjoyment of the discerning public." This tunebook, published in 1999 in Atlanta, contains 100 worthy and often popular tunes compiled from the Missouri Harmony (14 tunes), The Southern Harmony (14 tunes), The Social Harp (12 tunes), The Cooper Revision of The Sacred Harp (23 tunes), The White Revision of The Sacred Harp (11 tunes), Northern Harmony (eight tunes), An American Christmas Harp (eight tunes), English West Gallery sources (two tunes), contributions from the Lee Family of Hoboken, Georgia (five tunes), and three additional contemporary tunes. It was compiled by a music committee composed of Liz Bryant (chair), Judy Mincey, Lee Rogers, Laura Akerman, John Plunkett, Don Bowen, and Sharon Kellam. While most tunes are reproduced photographically from the source tunebooks, some have been retypeset for legibility. The book offers a tantalizing glimpse of the broader world of shape-note music. Although it was reprinted several times, it is currently out of print, and there are no plans for another reprinting.
An Eclectic Harmony II , subtitled "A collection of tunes in a great variety of styles and meters from early seven-shape songbooks in use today and new compositions." This sequel to An Eclectic Harmony (above) was issued in June, 2001. Containing 67 tunes, it features predominantly music from tunebooks using the seven-shape notation, including New Harp of Columbia, Harmonia Sacra, and the two Christian Harmony editions (from North Carolina and Alabama; see descriptions above). Historical notes written by Berkley Moore precede the presented songs from each tunebook. At the top of each page are keys relating notehead shape to syllable (do, re, me, etc.) to aid singers in reading the different systems. There is a section on the alto part in shape-note music with notes by Berkley Moore and two songs ("Liberty" by S. Jenks with his own alto part, and "Pilgrim" from The Southern Minstrel (1849) with alto part by Warren Steel. The section entitled "New Songs and Arrangements" contains ten compositions, seven of which are in four-shape notation. This tunebook was compiled by a Music Committee of Sharon Kellam and Berkley Moore (co-chairs), Larry Beveridge, Liz Bryant, Dan Huger, Willie Israel, Regina Marshall, Judy Mincey, John Plunkett, and Lee Rogers. The remaining unsold copies of this tunebook have been turned over to the Joe Beasley Memorial Foundation. The Foundation proposes to make the books available, in quantity and at no charge, to people who will use them either on a regular basis at their own singings or by bringing them to the "Alternative Singings" that are a feature of some conventions. This is being done by virtue of special donations to the Foundation for this purpose. Requests should be made to Richard L. Schmeidler, Treasurer, Joe Beasley Memorial Foundation, Inc., 76 Wentworth Street, Malden MA 02148-5315. For more information or inquiries about individual copies, contact Mr. Schmeidler at schmeidler-at-alum-dot-calberkeley-dot-org.
September Psalms: The Shape-Note Community Remembers, edited by Christopher Noren. This remarkable tunebook, published in early 2002, is the brainchild of Massachusetts shape-note singer, composer, and scientist Chris Noren, who writes: "This collection is lovingly dedicated to the memory of the 3000 people who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the thousands who have lost their lives since...." The spiralbound, 68 page collection includes 26 original tunes (including three anthems) by living composers, most of which were written after Sept. 11. The collection also includes seven 18th and 19th century American revival tunes and patriotic songs, for a total of 33 songs. The new tunes in the book [all in the four-shape notehead system] were submitted by composers from New England, New York, Chicago, Arkansas, Texas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Seattle, California, and the U.K. The cover of the book features a "photomosaic" of the pre-9/11 New York skyline, made up of hundreds of Tom Mitchell's photographs taken at Sacred Harp singings in 2001. The book sold for $10.00 with all of the proceeds being donated to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund." The book contains two well written short essays, "Forward about Moving Forward" and "Shape Notes and the Sacred Harp Tradition." In 2005 the book went out of print. Hopefully it will be reprinted in the near future.
Oberlin Harmony compiled by Charles Wells, Chloe Maher, and northeast Ohio singers. The active Sacred Harp/Northern Harmony singing group centered in Oberlin, Ohio produced in 2002 a tunebook (utilizing the four-shape notehead system) containing seventy-four tunes, both old and new, with emphasis on tunes written by living composers. The old tunes include some by S. Jenks, A. Davisson, and M. L. Swan. New tunes include twenty by Oberlin College alumni, and tunes by other living composers, including some whose tunes have appeared in other shape-note tunebooks. Charles Wells writes: "The main thing about this book is that we chose tunes we like to sing, and it includes many old ones and some in other tunebooks." The scores have been mostly newly typeset. The softcover volume costs $8.50 for one copy postpaid, or $8.00 each for two or more postpaid, for mailing to addresses within the U.S.A. Make out checks to Charles Wells and send orders to Charles Wells, 105 South Cedar St., Oberlin, OH 44074.
The Sacred Harper's Companion, compiled by Glen Wright and Susan Mampre. This four-shape tunebook, sometimes called "The Harper's Companion" by the compilers and others, was published in early October 1993 and contains 27 excellent works by 13 living shape-note composers from around the country, namely P. Dan Brittain, Neely Bruce, Jim Carnes, Raymond Hamrick, Judy Hauff, John Hocutt, Ted Johnson, Hugh McGraw, Dennis O'Brien, Bob Parr, Bruce Randall, Mimi Stevens, and Glen Wright. Many of these composers have one or more songs published in the 1991 Edition of The Sacred Harp. The songs reflect a wide variety of styles within the rubric of the Sacred Harp tradition. The music is beautifully and clearly computer-typeset by the authors using a shape-note font designed by them. The price is $12.00 per copy plus $1.50 for shipping and handling (checks payable to Glen Wright). Order from Musica, 8 Briarwood Rd., Rutland, MA 01543-1754.
The Complete Works of William Billings, edited by Hans Nathan (Vol. II) and Karl Kroeger (Vols. I, III, IV), with editorial consultant Richard Crawford. This four-volume set published between 1977 and 1990 by the American Musicological Society and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, contains the complete prodigious output (over 300 works) of America's first significant composer, beautifully retypeset in round notes with many photographs of pages from the original tunebooks. All essays, including instructional and light-hearted ones, in Billings' original publications are also presented. There are accompanying extensive scholarly articles with bibliographies about Billings and his music. The 9" x 12" thick handsomely bound volumes are well worth their cost to all motivated students of early American music.
The remaining books are currently available from the American Musicological Society for a bargain price of $35 per volume plus shipping and handling ($10 to US addresses). However, Volume IV is currently unavailable.
Scholarly editions on early American psalmody published by A-R Editions, Inc. These scholarly, high-quality, softbound, 9" x 12" performing editions featuring important composers, a few of whose works are found in shape-note tunebooks such as The Sacred Harp, contain both music (in round notes) and scholarly, authoritative text. For information, contact A-R Editions, Madison, WI, Phone 800-736-0070. The list prices change periodically and thus are not listed here, but they are very high. These editions are sold at a 25% discount at some professional musical conferences.
Music of the New American Nation: Sacred Music from 1780-1820. A series of scholarly editions from Garland Publishing Co. The general editor is Karl Kroeger. This 15-volume hardbound series is being published over the period 1996-1998. The Garland catalog at the time stated as follows: "Readily accessible and easy to follow, the music in each volume is presented in modern form so that it can be instantly understood and sung by a congregation, a choir, a class, a club, or an individual. Each volume includes an introduction to the music, editorial notes, and a section on performance practice that covers the basic elements of the choral sound, the effect of the lyrics, the musical symbols used, ornamentation, and accompaniment....In this series, the full text of the music has been set in all voices....The 23 composers represented in this series were among the most prominent of the several hundred who contributed to the psalmody repertory. They were important and influential in their day and composed music of lasting value that has interest and artistic worth that have survived to our own time. Many of these composers have the whole of their published music presented in the series. Having these neglected works appear in uniform modern format will facilitate the assessment of their musical contributions by scholars and provide performers with the widest possible selection of significant but long-neglected works." ISBN for the entire set: 0-8153-2209-7. Garland is now part of the Taylor and Francis Group, whose online store cursorily lists most of the volumes without description. The URLs for individual items frequently change, so it is best go to the main site and search for the titles of interest. Prices have been continually raised since publication to help minimize sales. Direct further inquiries to Taylor and Francis Group at 800-627-6273 or 800-821-8312.
Awake To Joy! Christmas Carols for Part-Singing, compiled by Nym Cooke. This is a collection of 57 carols, about half of which are early American and some of which unavailable anywhere else, presented with faithfulness to the original score in mostly SATB format with keyboard reduction and multiple stanzas of underlaid text. There are carols by Moors, Walker, Billings, Belcher, Doolittle, Child, Humphreys, Janes, Holyoke/French, Bushnell, Swan, Stephenson, McCurry/Massengale, Breedlove, Read, Knapp, Storm, and contemporary composers Bruce Randall and Nym Cooke. There are also eight Yorkshire pub carols transcribed and arranged by the compiler. Awake to Joy! Vol. II contains 40 carols from a wide variety of sources, including a few from early American tunebooks. These books published by Nym Cooke are available from the Revels online bookstore.
Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music and Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second. These important early four-shape tunebooks, published by John Wyeth in 1810 and 1813, were reprinted in facsimile edition in 1964 by Da Capo Press. They include songs that are both found and not found in The Sacred Harp and Southern Harmony. Part 1 has 148 pages. Part 2 has 140 pages. ISBN for the set of two is 0686858549. They are regrettably out of print, but used copies may be found through online booksellers. Digitized scans of the entire Wyeth's Repository Part 1 from the Princeton Theological Seminary Library are available for free download on the Internet Archive website
The Christian Harmony, by Jeremiah Ingalls (1805). A 1981 facsimile of this important New England tunebook, written in round notes by a foremost early American composer, is edited by David Klocko. ISBN 0-306-79617-1. 200 pages. It is not to be confused with two Southern shape-note tunebooks of the same name (see above). It was published by Da Capo Press but is now out of print. A new edition of Ingalls' Christian Harmony newly typeset with shaped noteheads (using the four-shape system) was published in 2005 by Thomas Malone.
Harmony of Maine, by Supply Belcher. A reprint of this 1794 collection by a foremost New England composer. It was written before the days of shaped notes, but some of Belcher's music later got into shape-note tune books. ISBN 0306-773066. It was published by Da Capo Press but is now out of print. Currently digital scans of each page of this tunebook are freely available on the IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library.
The American Musical Miscellany: A Collection of the Newest and Most Approved Songs, Set to Music. This 300-page collection of 111 songs was published in Northampton, Mass in 1798. The 1972 facsimile reprint (ISBN 0-306-77309-0) has an introduction by H. Wiley Hitchcock. It was published by Da Capo Press but is now out of print. One can check large libraries and used booksellers. Digital scans of each page of this tunebook are freely available on the IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library.
Warren's Minstrel, by J. S. Warren. This interesting seven-shape tunebook containing 140 songs, including New England fuging and psalm tunes as well as folk hymns, was first published in 1857 in southeastern Ohio. The facsimile edition edited by John L. Brasher with an extensive introduction was published in 1984 by the Ohio University Press but has gone out of print. ISBN 0821406817. The remaining books are available from Richard Wetzel, but the very few left are now collector's items. The price is $50.00 per copy plus the cost of priority-mail shipping. Send orders to Quaker Hill Enterprises, Box 206, Chesterhill, Ohio 43728.
The Psalm-Singer's Amusement, by William Billings. A 1974 facsimile reprint of this 1781 collection of amusing choral compositions, with an introduction by H. Wiley Hitchcock. 104 pages, ISBN 0-306-70587-7. It was published by Da Capo Press but is now out of print. Currently digital scans of each page of this tunebook are freely available on the IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library.
Digitized tunebooks compiled by Joseph S. James in addition to The Original Sacred Harp 1911 Edition (described above). Pitts Theology Library at Emory University in 2011 prepared complete scans of two other tunebooks published by James. Both present tunes in the standard Sacred-Harp style four-shape notation with melody in the tenor.
Primitive Baptist hymnals containing early American hymns and tunes: These hymnals contain shape-note and older gospel tunes, with music written using the Aiken seven-shape notehead system but in conventional hymnal format with the melody on top (soprano part). The original open harmonies are often preserved. Many tunes have texts different from those in the early American tunebooks. Because the format is readable by a keyboardist, these hymnals are useful to those who wish to play the songs alone on a piano or organ (which, to be sure, would never be done in a Primitive Baptist church):
Plain Circle Tune Book, compiled by John Bayer, Jr. and Karen Willard. This compact 220-page soft-bound book is a collection of tunes, organized by meter and title, used among plain folks of the (Old) Brethren, German Baptist, Mennonite, and Primitive Baptist denominations who use words-only hymnals (such as the ones listed above) in their worship services. The music, nicely typeset by Karen Willard in the seven-shape Aiken system used by these folks, consists of the melody lines of 279 tunes, presented without texts. Mr. Bayer's purposes for the book are "to create a handy resource guide for folks who mainly use words-only hymnals" and "to collect in one place the tunes in use among these folks both now and in the past." The size of the book is 7 x 4 inches, about the same as the Lloyd's Primitive Hymns. Order from John Bayer, Jr., 9555 W. Third St., Dayton, Ohio 45427, phone 513-835-3323, e-mail JohnBayerJr@gmail.com . The prices are $7.95 each postpaid for 1-9 copies and $7.25 each postpaid for 10 or more copies.
Primitive Hymns, compiled by Benjamin Lloyd. This important tuneless hymnal dating from 1841 contains many texts, unattributed here but often by Watts and other English hymnists, which have long been used by hymn composers. This hymnal often contains more verses than one finds in most hymnals with music. It is a valuable source of texts for contemporary composers of shape-note hymns. Hardbound. The price for a single copy is $12.75 plus postage. NC residents add 6% sales tax. Order from Primitive Hymns Corporation, Box 92, Rocky Mount, NC 27802-0092. Orders are not always filled promptly, so patience may be required. The book shipment will include a bill for the postage and handling.
Benjamin Lloyd's Hymn Book: A Primitive Baptist Song Tradition, edited by Joyce Cauthen. A book of essays with a CD recording documenting the history and current use of this historic hymn book. See description in the Lined-Out Hymnody chapter.
Primitive Baptist Hymn Book by D. H. Goble. Originally published in 1887 by D. H. Goble and Elder R. W. Thompson of Greenfield, Indiana, the fourth edition was enlarged from 256 pages (245 hymns) to 320 pages (321 hymns) in 1892. The original 1892 edition has been recently republished by The Primitive Baptist Library. Hard cover binding with gold lettering on the front and spine. The price is $8.00 per book including postage. Quantity orders are less expensive per book; consult the Web page for prices. Send orders to The Primitive Baptist Library, 416 Main Street, Carthage, IL 62321, phone 217-357-3723.
A large print edition for visually impaired readers has been published by Jeffrey Weaver. The book costs $9.71 plus shipping, and the complete text is available as a PDF file for free download and review. According to the preface, this edition contains some corrections to Goble's original edition, correcting some hymn attributions and restoring some to their original versions. For more information and downloads, consult the Web site.
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, by Isaac Watts, edited by Selma L. Bishop. This edition contains many of the texts by Watts found in early American hymns and fuging tunes. The hardcover edition is published by Faith Press and is available for $5.00 postpaid from the Director of University Libraries, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX 79601.
Cluster of Spiritual Songs by Jesse Mercer. Mercer's Cluster is the source of many early American hymn texts. The last edition (1835) contained 691 hymns and poems. There is no reprint edition currently available, but a 1983 reference work about the Cluster by Ray Brewster entitled The Cluster of Jesse Mercer includes the full text of almost 300 of those hymns, and a first line index of 708 hymns including 17 that were deleted from the 1810 edition. This edition is available for $13.50 plus $1.50 postage from Renaissance Press, P.O. Box 7063, Macon, GA 31209, phone 478-477-8697. (Check price before ordering.)
A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship, compiled by William Gadsby. This information was provided by Robert Vaughn: This hymn book by an English Baptist minister was first printed in 1814 and contains 1156 hymns (words only) by authors such as Gadsby, Toplady, Watts, Hart, Cennick, Newton, Berridge, Cowper. The hymnal is currently available in three editions as follows: leather binding and India paper, 895 pp., $23.95; hardback, 895 pp., $14.95; and Kivar edition, 473 pp., $11.45. Inquire about shipping charges, which are additional. Available from Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 318, Choteau, MT 59422, phone 406-466-2311.
The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts. This compilation of 600 pages, published in late 1997, is a facsimile reprint of the following books of Watts: The Psalms of David (consisting of 150 psalms in verse) and Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Three Books (containing a total of 365 hymns). The original indices are reprinted also, and these include useful key-word indices, indices of first lines of the psalms or hymns, and an index of the first line of each verse. Hardbound. ISBN 1573580694. Published by Soli Deo Gloria Publications, it is now out of print. Used copies are available through Amazon.com. (Amazon also sells a version of this book published on demand by Nabu Press (Bibliolabs LLC), but the quality may be suboptimal.)
Note: these texts (without first-line indices) are also available on the Web at two places: 1. the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, and 2. Project Gutenberg, where Watt's Psalms of David, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, and Divine Songs can be downloaded.
A Collection of Hymns, for Use of the People Called Methodists, by Rev. John Wesley, electronic public-domain version by John Harris (Bristol, UK). This is a collection of 1026 hymn texts, listed according to first line without author attribution, that are in the 1876 edition of an important hymnal first published by John Wesley in 1780. The original core of 539 hymns were mainly by Charles and John Wesley, while hymns added later included those by many other authors. The online versionis in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
Olney Hymns, by John Newton and William Cowper. The famous hymns written in Olney, England and first published in 1779 have been reprinted in various recent books available through Amazon.com. In addition. Olney Hymns is now available in e-text form at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
Metrical Psalters (and their histories) online at the Music for the Church of God Web site. This extensive Web resource has various old psalters in English, including The Old Version, Scottish Psalter, The Bay Psalm Book, The New Version (by Tate and Brady), psalms by Isaac Watts (1719), the Psalter of the United Presbyterian Church, and others. Each psalm is presented in meter with the name of the meter stated. This is a useful resource for composers who are looking for psalm texts of a particular meter to mate with a tune.
The Gospels in Verse by Jabez Van Cleef. The Songs of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are posted on June Melton's Voices Across America Web site for free and unrestricted use by shape-note singers. Mr. Van Cleef asks that those using his verses credit him as the source.