Hymn #78: Part in Peace

Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (1805-1848) wrote this text for use in evening worship.  Many of her poems originally appeared in the Unitarian Monthly Repository and in a collection published in 1840 or 1841, Hymns and Anthems.

 

Sarah Adams is usually remembered for another hymn, "Nearer, My God, to Thee."  Born into a literary family in England, Adams became a poet and Shakespearean actress.  She received enthusiastic review for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth, but poor health kept her from continuing that artistic path.

This tune, named CHARLESTOWN, may have come from Charleston, South Carolina, the birthplace of Amos Pilsbury.  He first printed this music in The United States Sacred Harmony in 1799, but the version found here is from a different hymnal, Southern Harmony, published in 1835.

 

William (Singin' Billy) Walker (1806-1875) was an evangelist who traveled throughout the southern United States teaching singing.  He published a number of tunes he had collected in two influential books -- Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (1835) and Christian Harmony (1867).