I’m hitting the hay early tonight because tomorrow I’ll be driving to Austin and the Southwest Texas Conference, a two-day Sacred Harp singing. I was supposed to attend a big convention in August in Henderson, but a spate of medical issues kept me close to home, and now I’m so excited for this weekend that I might not be able to sleep!
No post this Sunday, but I did want to leave a quick sample of the kind of music I’ll be singing this weekend. This song is called “Greenwhich,” and although it’s not cheery, it’s certainly powerful. Words by Isaac Watts in 1719, tune by Daniel Read in 1785.
“Lord, what a thoughtless wretch was I
To mourn, and murmur and repine
To see the wicked placed on high
In pride and robes of honor shine.
But oh, their end, their dreadful end
Thy sanctuary taught me so
On slipp’ry rocks I see them stand
And fiery billows roll below.”