Composer: Natalie Sleeth (1975)
Published in 10 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Composer: Natalie Sleeth

Natalie Allyn Sleeth (née Wakeley) (October 29, 1930 – March 21, 1992) was an American composer. Sleeth was born in Evanston, Illinois. In 1934, she began to study the piano at the early age of four. Later in her life, she received an Academic major in music and a BA in music theory at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She married a Professor of Homiletics, Reverend Ronald E. Sleeth. One of her best-known anthems for choir is entitled "Joy in the Morning" and was written for the West Virginia Wesleyan College concert chorale on the occasion of her husband's inauguration as the president of West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1977. Another favorite, sung widely in the United Church of Canada is "In the Bulb There is a Flower." Th… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Natalie Sleeth (1975)
Meter: 8.8.9
Incipit: 55455 54515 15154
Key: C Major
Copyright: © 1976 Hinshaw Music, Inc.


Go Now in Peace

Go now in peace, go now in peace;
may the love of God surround you
everywhere, everywhere you may go.
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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 handbells for the repeated patterns. Sing altogether once, and on the repeat, sing this hymn as a three-part round; four parts are also possible if the round begins every two bars.

A respected author and composer of hymns, anthems, and rounds, Sleeth composed almost two hundred works for a variety of publishers from 1969 until her death. Educated at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, in 1952 she married Ronald E. Sleeth, a Methodist minister and homiletics professor; they resided in seminary communities in Nashville, Dallas, Evanston, and Denver. Sleeth published a devotional book, Adventures for the Soul (1987), which describes some of her compositions. She was the subject of the video Words and Music (1990). Some of her anthems were published as hymns in Songs for LiFE (1994).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #660TextImage
Chalice Hymnal #437Text
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #950Image
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #317TextImageAudio
Renew! #293TextImage
Sing With Me #231Text
Songs for Life #79Text
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #672
The United Methodist Hymnal #665TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #964Text