The banjo-like accompaniment adds considerable motion and excitement throughout the piece. The first verse is shared by the women, who introduce the theme. The men take the melody in the second verse as the women add echoing phrases. A modulation launches the third verse brightly, and quickly successive vocal entrances build the energy which crests in the first climax of the piece. An interlude follows, as the voices soar on the text “joy to be thine own.” The text of the first verse is heard again as the piece circles back to its home key for the jubilant final verse. A coda brings quick, unexpected modulations that rise to the rapturous conclusion: “sweet rivers of redeeming love lie just before mine eyes.”
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Available as: SATB piano