By Jesse P. Karlsberg

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Compassion. S.M.

An A minor fuging tune in 4/4 time. A 3-liner. Composed 2007-9.

Text from Charles Wesley, alt., 1741.

Listen to recordings:

  • Informal singing at Camp Fasola, Youth Emphasis, 2012

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Inspired by the tune "Heavenly Meeting" in the Social Harp, I wrote a draft of this song in 2007. I revised the song considerably in November of 2009, reworking the tenor, completely rewriting the harmony parts, and settling on a 3-line format.

This song was sung informally at the Youth Emphasis session of Camp Fasola on July 5, 2012.


What is it keeps me back,
From which I cannot part,
Which will not let the Saviour take
Possession of my heart?

I now believe in Thee,
Compassion reigns alone;
According to my faith in Thee,
O let thy will be done to me,
O let it, Lord, be done!

Searcher of hearts, in mine
Thy trying pow'r display;
Into its darkest corners shine,
And take the veil away.