ShH 408t: Bennington

December 18, 2013 4:37 PM

Merry Christmas! Here's an arrangement of Bennington, No. 408t in the Shenandoah Harmony ( Poetry by Isaac Watts 1706, original shape note arrangement by Billings, 1770.

Shepherds, rejoice, lift up your eyes, And send your fears away
News from the regions of the skies, Salvation's born today.

No gold, nor purple swaddling bands, Nor royal shining things;
A manger for his cradle stands, And holds the King of kings.

Glory to God that reigns above, That pitied us forlorn;
We join to sing our Maker's love, For there's a Savior born.

posted by The White Hat (3 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Lovely arrangement, and as a DC singer I'm always happy to hear Shenandoah Harmony tunes in more and more places!
posted by capricorn at 5:33 PM on December 18, 2013

This is just wonderful. Added to my playlist. I would love to hear more settings like this!
posted by Miko at 7:11 AM on December 23, 2013

Wow so great. Cool phrasing, how you don't pause for the second line.
Love that low droning accordion so much.
posted by chococat at 11:15 PM on December 23, 2013

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