|Author||Topic: Add Come Away To The Skies|
|Jon Freeman||Posted - 19 Aug 03 - 11:23 am|
Come Away to the Skies
1. Come away to the skies, by beloved, arise
And rejoice in the day thou wast born;
On this festival day come exulting away,
And with singing to Zion retun.
2. Now with singing and praise let us spend all our days
By our heavenly Father bestowed;
While his grace we receive from his bounty, and live
To the honor and glory of God.
Source: The Second Penguin Book of Christmas Carols, ed. Elizabeth Poston
From The Second Penguin Book of Christmas Carols, p. 22.
Come Away to the Skies. From The Southern Harmony, compiled by William Walker. [Tune name in Southern Harmony, "Exultation."] The words are a slightly altered version of a poem by Charles Wesley, first published in his Hymns for Families, 1767 (165), subsequently in 1780 in the Wesleyan Hymn Book (478). In their original form Wesley wrote them on 12 October 1755, his wife's anniversary, under the title of 'On the twenty-ninth birthday of a Friend'.
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|masato sakurai||Posted - 19 Aug 03 - 05:04 pm|
"Come away to the skies" was set to three tunes in The Southern Harmony.
Rapture (M. L. Swan; no. 333)Poston says her source is The Southern Harmony, but the original tune (key is Am) is a little different, with 7 stanzas.
zB,/B,/ | EE/E/ | (c/B/)A/A/ |"The hexatonic tune EXULTATION ... first appeared in print in the first edition of Ananias Davisson's Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony (Harrisburg, Va., 1820)." (Marion J. Hatchett, A Companion to The New Harp of Columbia, University of Tennessee Press, 2003, p. 244). The tune MIDDLEBURY is better known for this set of words (see, for example, The Hymnal 1982, no. 213; and The Cyber Hymnal - COME AWAY TO THE SKIES).
Edited By masato sakurai - 24-Aug-2003 02:36:58 PM
|masato sakurai||Posted - 20 Aug 03 - 06:36 am|
A related tune:
S:The Christian Harmony (by J. Ingalls, 1805) 95
B:George Pullen Jackson, Down-East Spirituals and Others, 1943; Da Capo, 1975, no. 75
N:Aeolian, but "The compiler of the Christian Harmony has minorized the tune."
c/ d/|e c e d2c/ B/|c B (A/G/)E2E/ E/|
w:Come a-way to the skies, my be-lov-ed a - rise, And re-
A A A f e d|e3c2d|e c ed2c/ B/|
w:joice in the day thou wast born. On this fes-ti-val day, come ex-
c d (e/f/)g2e/ e/|
w:ult-ing a - way, And with
(a2ga) e d e c B|
w:sing_-ing to Si-on re-
w:turn___, And with
e e d e c B|(A3A2)|]
w:sing-ing to Si-on re-turn._
"The tune is a variant of the one used today by the Primitive Baptists with 'Exultation'. But the 134 years of singing, between the two recorded variants, have made their relationship hard to recognize at first sight." (Jackson, p. 97)
Edited By masato sakurai - 20-Aug-2003 06:38:48 AM
|masato sakurai||Posted - 20 Aug 03 - 09:25 am|
The tune name (EXULTATION) for "Come away to the skies" is the same in The Harmonia Sacra, 25th ed. (Good Books, 1993, p. 219), but the version has a different melody.
B:The Harmonia Sacra, 25th ed. (Good Books, 1993, p. 219)
E G|A2A ^G|A2||B d|c2B A|E2||
w:Come a-way to the skies! My be-lov-ed a-rise,
E^G|A2A ^G|(AB) c d|He2||
w:And re-joice in the day_ thou wast born;
c d|e2 ed|e2||B d|c2 B A|E2||
w:On the fest-tiv-al day Come ex-ult-ing a-way,
E ^G|A2B d|c2B A|A4|]
w:And with sing-ing, to Zi-on re-turn.
|Mary in Kentucky||Posted - 20 Aug 03 - 02:11 pm|
Those are beautiful tunes!
|masato sakurai||Posted - 22 Aug 03 - 08:25 am|
From The Hymnal 1982 Companion, Vol. III A (1994, pp. 429-31):
This text was written by Charles Wesley on the anniversary of the birth of his wife, October 12, 1755, and first published in his Hymns for the Use of Families (London, 1767), under the title "On the birth-day of a friend." The original version consisted of eight stanzas [differences underlined--MS]:1. Come away to the skies,
Edited By masato sakurai - 22-Aug-2003 08:32:09 AM
|masato sakurai||Posted - 24 Aug 03 - 02:29 pm|
B:The New Harp of Columbia (1867; facsimile edition, U. of Tennessee Pr., 2001, p. 144)
(G3/2 A/)|B2 A2 G2|d4 (B3/2 d/)|c2 B2 A2|B4 (d3/2 d/)|
w:Come a-way to the skies, My be-lov-ed a-rise, And re-
d2 B2 d2|d2 c2 B2|A4 (A3/2 A/)|A2 B2 c2|B4 (A3/2 A/)|
w:joice in the day thou wast born. On this fest-tiv-al day Come ex-
B2 B2 c2|d4 (d3/2 d/)|d2 B2 d2|d2 c2 B2|A4 (d3/2 d/)|
w:ult-ing a-way, And with sing-ing to Zi-on re-turn, And with
d2 B2 d2|c2 B2 A2|G4|]
w:sing-ing to Zi-on re-turn.