In 2001, I wrote new music for a hymn version of the well-known text by Folliott S. Pierpoint. My main motivation was to write a melody that could more emphasize the significant words in the text. For the 2013 Thanksgiving season, I created a new version for SATB choir plus piano or harp accompaniment. It is not nearly as ambitious as some of my songs like “For Unto Us a Child is Born” or “Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs” and it is not intended to “compete” with John Rutter’s lovely version. The intention was have an arrangement that an average amateur choir could learn in a few rehearsals.
The 8.5"x11" sheet music is available for free download below, and the choral booklet may be purchased through the "Add to Cart" button above to the right. To purchase more than one copy, change the quantity and click "Update" after clicking the "Add to Cart" button. Shipping & handling is calculated at the cart page based on location. USPS Priority Mail may be specified at checkout. The older hymn version is available by request – after doing the arrangement for choir, I changed a few things that I need to retrofit back into the hymn version.
A preliminary video (with instruments playing the vocal parts) is playable above.
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