We use the 1990 Presbyterian Hymnal which only includes 2 verses which I believe is too few for just about any hymn; so incomplete. :) Watts wrote 12 for his paraphrase of Psalm 116--Part 1, 1-6 and part 2, 1-6.
Any suggestions for a better, more chronologically appropriate tune to sing Watts' text?
Also, does anyone know what text was originally sung to that apparently anonymous Spiritual tune?
It appears the other hymnals listed here at hymnary.org all use the same Spiritual tune. Did Smallwood (the harmonizer/arranger of the spiritual) join the two and why have so many hymnals repeated this?
Note: The African American Heritage Hymnal (#395) credits Smallwood as the author AND the composer--WRONG on BOTH counts. Poor editorial research by the AAHH or do they use a completely different text and a completely different tune? The text is not listed and the scan of hymnal page is not available (copyright) so I can't tell since I don't have that hymnal in my collection.
Thanks! I love digging into the origins of the music and the poetry.
David Zechman, Music Director, First Presbyterian Church of Alameda