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By William Cleary

Title Year Type Files First line
Anthem on the Creator 2022 Anthem pdf In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.
Crimson L.M. 2022 Plain tune pdf O righteous God, thou judge supreme
Sepulchre L.M. 2022 pdf The Sepulchres, how thick they stand
Bower S.M.D. 2021 Fuging tune pdf Thy name Almighty Lord
Darkness P.M. 2021 pdf Pilgrims of the earth who roam,
Delaying Days C.M. 2021 Plain tune pdf Behold the glories of the Lamb
Destruction S.M.D. 2021 Fuging tune pdf O foolish, senseless ones,
Dorrington 6s 2021 pdf With cheerful voice I sing
Encouragement C.M. 2021 Fuging tune pdf Mine eyes for thy salvation fail;
Epiphonema 10s & 11s 2021 Set piece pdf Sinners, awake betimes; ye fools, be wise;
Forlorn C.M. 2021 Plain tune pdf Why has my God my soul forsook,
Gedaliah C.M.D. 2021 Fuging tune pdf My God how many are my fears!
Injustice 8s 2021 Fuging tune pdf Judges, who rule the world by laws,
Lustre 8s 2021 pdf Oft have I read the sacred book,
Nature’s Song S.M. 2021 pdf Behold the lofty sky
Nethaniah C.M. 2021 Part song pdf Lord, thou wilt hear me when I pray;
Olney New 8s & 7s 2021 pdf Full of trembling expectation,
Over L.M. 2021 Plain tune pdf The Lord proclaims his pow'r abroad
Pious Bands C.M. 2021 Gospel song + chorus pdf Lo! What an entertaining sight
Provision C.M. 2021 Plain tune pdf Save me, O Lord, from ev'ry foe;
Reviving Light S.M. 2021 Fuging tune pdf How heavy is the night
Song of Hezekiah C.M.D. 2021 Fuging tune pdf When we are raised from deep distress,
St Paul’s Hill L.M. 2021 Fuging tune pdf The praise of God shall fill my soul
The Blameless Walk L.M. 2021 Folk hymn + refrain pdf Who shall ascend the heav'nly place,
The Road from Idumea C.M.D. 2021 pdf What might man, or might God,
Thirty-Second S.M. 2021 Set piece pdf O blessed souls are they,
Wright 6s 2021 Fuging tune pdf Lord of the worlds above,
April Day 2020 Plain tune pdf Life is like an April day,
Arbury Court S.M. 2020 Part song pdf My God, to thee I call—
Balsham S.M. 2020 Fuging tune pdf Sing to our Saviour's name
Botley 6s 2020 Fuging tune pdf Eternal excellence!
Carlton S.M.D. 2020 Fuging tune pdf Alas! my spirits sink!
Character L.M. 2020 Plain tune pdf If we would worship God aright,
Charity Hymn L.M. 2020 Fuging tune pdf Our Father God! who hear'st the cry
Copley Hill L.M. 2020 Fuging tune pdf When Jesus rose on the third day
Courtney Way 2020 pdf O my Jesus! O my Jesus!
Downing Place S.M. 2020 Plain tune pdf Blest are the eyes that see;
Durnford C.M.D. 2020 Part song pdf We view by faith the glorious day,
Elhanan’s Birthday L.M. 2020 Fuging tune pdf Thus far thy providential care
Forsook C.M. 2020 pdf The word of God appeared to me,
Holt 8s & 7s 2020 Plain tune pdf There are forms with sorrow bending,
Holy Eye S.M.D. 2020 Fuging tune pdf The Father's holy eye
Jesus Green S.M. 2020 pdf We now with gladness tell
John 12:32 C.M. 2020 pdf And if I should be lifted up
John Beheld 6s 2020 pdf When favour'd John beheld
Kingsway S.M. 2020 Fuging tune pdf Now are we Sons of God!
Mere Way 10s & 11s 2020 Plain tune pdf Jehovah praise ye, and call on his name,
Milton Road S.M. 2020 Fuging tune pdf I love the sacred word,
Open Door 8,8,6 2020 Plain tune pdf The Builder, whom true Wisdom sways,
Orchard Park L.M. 2020 Fuging tune pdf I sing the majesty divine,
Parenthood L.M. 2020 pdf Ask, and it shall be given you;
Purest Flame L.M. 2020 Plain tune pdf How charming was that harmony,
Searching Flame C.M.D. 2020 pdf Show me the reason, O my God,
St Luke’s Street C.M. 2020 Fuging tune pdf O God be merciful to me,
Stretten L.M. 2020 Part song pdf Could I of all perfection boast,
Sustenance P.M. 2020 Set piece pdf How deep was that which Christ sustained
The Battle is Begun C.M. 2020 pdf Christ's trumpet sounds, let Saints be armed,
The Dying Wife P.M. 2020 Plain tune pdf Beloved the hour has come--
The Gospel to the Dead S.M. 2020 Fuging tune pdf Jesus our Saviour went
The Great Advantage L.M.D. 2020 pdf The various sects enquire to know,
The Magdalene C.M.D. 2020 Fuging tune pdf She cometh to the house of God,
Who Will Regret C.M. 2020 Part song pdf Who will regret that Christ should have
Widowhood L.M.D. 2020 Part song pdf Let heav'n and earth united sing,
Wings of Love 6s 2020 Plain tune pdf God of the first grey dawn!
Wynbourne L.M. 2020 Plain tune pdf There's none so holy as the Lord,
Efficacy 7878 D 2019 Plain tune pdf As the dew from heav’n distilling
Mournful Joy C.M.D. 2019 Fuging tune pdf Alas! I knew not what I did;
Oak of Weeping 2019 Anthem pdf Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died,
Obadiah 3-4 2019 pdf Thine own heart has deceived thee
Song of the Well C.M. 2019 Fuging tune pdf Spring up, O well! Sing unto it,
Bells of Shandon 2018 pdf With deep affection and recollection
Boldness S.M. 2018 Fuging tune pdf Why do the gentiles rage?
Burrell’s Field S.M.D. 2018–21 Fuging tune pdf Our bodies soon must die,
Decatur L.M.D. 2018 pdf What! Never speak one evil word,
Gathergood C.M. 2018 Plain tune Beneath heaven's open azure dome,
Hebrews 13 P.M. 2018 pdf The Lord is my helper: I will not fear.
Reproach C.M. 2018 Plain tune pdf Curs'd is the man who trusts in man
Seven Wells S.M. 2018 Fuging tune pdf Jesus, we thus obey
Susa Rejoices 2018 Anthem pdf Mordechai came out from the presence of the king,
Adelstein P.M. 2017 Gospel song + chorus pdf Hear all the earth the words of my voice,
Clare Chapel 7s 2017 Plain tune pdf Haste again, ye days of grace,

About

I discovered shapenote singing on YouTube in 2016, and started taking part in 2017. I started trying to write my own hymns later that year. In terms of texts, I’m most interested in using poetry by Christian Universalist hymn writers, who have largely been forgotten. Anthems are enjoyable to write too.

For my 25th birthday I went to the Wears Valley Convention, a 2-day convention using the New Harp of Columbia in East Tennessee. On the same trip I sung Christian Harmony in Athens, GA and Sacred Harp in Alpharetta, GA.

Outside of Sacred Harp I’m also into Irish traditional music: I play the guitar and tenor banjo, and enjoy writing dance tunes in that style as well.