Amazing Grace: Some Early Tunes
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HEPHZIBAH / TISBURY

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HEPHZIBAH (known as TISBURY in some later tunebooks) first appeared in print with the Isaac Watts text "There is a land of pure delight" in A Collection of Psalm Tunes (London, c. 1790). The first appearance of "Amazing Grace" with any tune appears to have been with this tune in A Companion to the Countess of Huntingdon’s Hymns (London: c. 1808).

This image is from The Bridgewater Collection of Sacred Music, Boston, 1821. The melody is in the tenor part, second from the bottom.

The tune as it is illustrated and sung here is different in the 4th phrase from the melody as first printed in A Collection of Psalm Tunes, c. 1790.

 

 
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