The first recordings & photos are trickling in from last weekend's Golden Gate Sacred Harp Convention. Easter Anthem The Lord is ris'n indeed! Hallelujah! And did He rise? Did He rise? Then I rose, Hail, all immortal hail, hail.
Here's William Billings' Easter Anthem, 236 in the big book, recorded by Will from Kalamazoo. Sorry it's over-driven, but we're singing real loud in a medium-sized old room.
I will post more later, as I weed thru for gems. The whole afternoon can be heard here.
William Billings (1746~1800)
Now is Christ risen from the dead,
And become the first fruits of them that slept.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
Hear it, ye nations! Hear it, O ye dead!
He rose, He rose, He burst the bars of death
And triumphed o'er the grave.
Then first Humanity triumphant
Passed the crystal ports of light,
And seized Eternal Youth.
Heaven all lavish of strange gifts to man,
Thine's all the glory,
Man's the boundless bliss.
The Lord is ris'n indeed! Hallelujah!
And did He rise? Did He rise?
Then I rose,
Hail, all immortal hail, hail.