DESCRIPTION: "My Christian friends ... we must take the parting hand." "Your company's sweet." "How sweet the hours have pass'd away." "How would it would cheer my mind to stay but... we must take the parting hand"
AUTHOR: Jeremiah Ingalls (source: Original Sacred Harp)
EARLIEST DATE: 1803 (according to Original Sacred Harp)
KEYWORDS: parting nonballad religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Benjamin Franklin White, E. J. King, et al., Original Sacred Harp (Atlanta, 1911 ("Digitized by Google") [correction and enlargement of 1869 edition copyright J.S. James], p. 62, "Parting Hand" ("My Christian friends in bonds of love") (1 text, 1 tune)
Southeast Alabama and Florida Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention, "Parting Hand" (on USFlorida01)
NOTES [50 words]: "One of the songs that traditionally ends a sing or convention, 'Parting Hand' (p. 62 in all editions of The Sacred Harp) holds a special place in the hearts of shape-note singers" (Doris J. Dyen, "Looking Back/Looking Forward: Sacred Group-Singing Traditions," USFlorida01 liner notes, p. 197). - BS
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