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Seiler C.M.

By Jesse P. Karlsberg

E minor
Fuging tune
Time signature
Charles Wesley, 1759


I composed an early version of this song in 2009 in Troy, NY, which I titled "Auburndale" after a neighborhood in my home town of Newton, MA. "Auburndale" was sung at new composition singings in the northeast and published in The Trumpet.

In December 2019 I rewrote the plain section of the song, condensing it from four phrases to two, during a two-day composition retreat with Lauren Bock. I renamed the song "Seiler," a dedication to George and Jean Seiler, teachers, mentors, and dear friends who I sang with regularly during my time in upstate New York. I selected a new text for the revised version of the song, a favorite of George's.


Oh what are all my suff’rings here,
If, Lord, Thou count me meet
With that enraptured host t’appear,
And worship at Thy feet!

Give joy or grief, give ease or pain,
Take life or friends away,
But let me find them all again,
In that eternal day.