Go Now in Peace

Go now in peace, go now in peace

Author: Natalie Sleeth (1975)
Published in 16 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Author: Natalie Sleeth

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Natalie Sleeth (b. Evanston, IL, 1930; d. Denver, CO, 1992) wrote this charming round in 1975 when she was employed in the church school of Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, dedicating it to one of her Orff instrumentalist friends. Sleeth published the text and music of this hymn in 1976 in her Sunday Songbook, compiled for use by church school groups and young choirs. Sleeth's work consists of many anthems that involve two-, three-, or four-part rounds. The text is a simple blessing or benediction: go in peace under God's loving care.

Liturgical Use:
A parting blessing; a sung benediction at the close of a worship service; generally useful at any Sunday worship service, but probably most fitting at a festive service because of the extra effort required for instrumentation; could also be a recessional in which each group begins to leave after completing its part of the round.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



The beauty of GO NOW IN PEACE lies in its simplicity of melody and in the many possibilities of enhancing a performance with a variety of instruments. The hymn is a wonderful "little anthem" for a children's choir accompanied by elementary school instrumentalists. Use Orff instruments or try handbel…

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Moravian Book of Worship #822TextImage
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Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #281TextImage
Songs for Life #79TextImage
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #672
The United Methodist Hymnal #665TextImage
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #146Image
Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #782
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #964TextImage