By Aldo Thomas Ceresa

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Sullivan's Island. 7s & 8s.

An A major folk hymn in 6/4 time. Composed 2012.

Text from Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, c.1825.

Listen to recordings:

  • Sullivan's Island (2012 NYCADS Composium, Sept 15 2012)

  • Sullivan's Island (Art Mob; May 5 2013)

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This tune was first sung in Sullivan's Island, SC in May, 2012. It appears in The Trumpet, Vol. 3, No. 3 (2013), and was sung at the 2012 New York City Composium in September, 2012. It was also sung by The Art Mob in their Spring, 2013 concerts.


Soldier, go—but not to claim
Mould'ring spoils of earth-born treasure;
Not to build a vaunting name,
Nor to dwell in tents of pleasure.

Dream not that the way is smooth,
Hope not that the thorns are roses;
Turn no wishful eye of youth,
Where the sunny beam reposes:

Soldier, rest—the war is done;
Lo! the hosts of hell are flying!
'Twas thy Lord the battle won;
Jesus vanquish'd them by dying.

Pass the stream—before thee lies
All the conquer'd land of glory:
Hark! what songs of rapture rise
To proclaim the victor's story.