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Monticello. C.M.

A G major folk hymn in 3/4 time. Composed 2012-13.

Text from Phoebe H. Brown, 1818.

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Description

Named for Monticello Ave. in Chicago, home street of Kris Richardson, Chicago singer and hostess extraordinaire, who reguarly opens her home for post-singing socials (with great food and hospitality!). This tune was first sung at her home in January, 2013.

Text

I love to steal awhile away
From ev'ry 'cumb'ring care,
And spend the hours of closing day
In humble, grateful prayer.

I love to think on mercies past,
And future good implore,
And all my cares and sorrows cast
On God, whom I adore.

Thus, when life’s toilsome day is o’er,
May its departing ray
Be calm at this impressive hour,
And lead to endless day.