By Jesse P. Karlsberg
- A minor
- Fuging tune
- Time signature
- Isaac Watts, 1709
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Jonathon, Jesse, Nathan, and Lauren (Jan. 2014)
Tenor: Jonathon Smith
Bass: Jesse P. Karlsberg
Treble: Nathan Rees
Alto: Lauren Bock
Sung at home at 318 Arizona Avenue in Atlanta on January 2, 2014 during an evening recording session.
I wrote this song on December 4, 2013, as a setting of Watts's poem "Spare us, O Lord, aloud we pray." I named the song for Gadsden, Alabama, where Jeff and Shelbie Sheppard lived for a number of years.
Spare us, O Lord, aloud we pray,
Nor let our sun go down at noon;
Thy years are one eternal day,
And must thy children die so soon?
I tremble lest the wrath divine,
Which bruises now my wretched soul
Should bruise this wretched soul of mine
Long as eternal ages roll.