By Jesse P. Karlsberg

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Gadsden. L.M.D.

An A minor fuging tune in 4/4 time. Composed 2013.

Text from Isaac Watts, 1709.

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  • Jonathon, Jesse, Nathan, and Lauren (Jan. 2014)

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I wrote this song on December 4, 2013, as a setting of Watts's poem "Spare us, O Lord, aloud we pray." I named the song for Gadsden, Alabama, where Jeff and Shelbie Sheppard lived for a number of years.


Spare us, O Lord, aloud we pray,
Nor let our sun go down at noon;
Thy years are one eternal day,
And must thy children die so soon?
I tremble lest the wrath divine,
Which bruises now my wretched soul
Should bruise this wretched soul of mine
Long as eternal ages roll.