By Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg
An F major fuging tune in 4/4 time. Composed 2008.
Text from Charles Wesley, 1762.
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I wrote Douglasville while staying in West Georgia with Aldo Ceresa for a week in March 2008 between the Hoboken singing and the Georgia State Convention. The song was inspired by the mid-twentieth-century fuging tunes in The Sacred Harp by T. B., H. N., and L. A. McGraw among others, a frequent subject of our conversation and singing over that week. Douglasville was sung at the new traditions singing after the 2008 Potomac Convention. The song is included in The Shenandoah Harmony (2013).
Eternal Sun of righteousness,
Display Thy beams divine,
And cause the glory of Thy face
Upon my heart to shine.
Light, in Thy light, oh, may I see,
Thy grace and mercy prove,
Revived, and cheered, and blest by Thee,
The God of pardoning love.