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Palmetto 54t

The Sacred Harp, 2012 Revised Cooper Edition

Composer: Dr. William Hauser, 1859
Poet: James Allen, 1757 (1st Stanza); Alt. by Walter Shirley, 1774 (1st Stanza); Christian Harmony, 1958 (2nd Stanza)
Meter: 8s,7s Double (8,7,8,7,8,7,8,7)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
Sweet the moments, rich in blessing,
Which before the cross I spend,
Life, and health, and peace possessing,
From the sinnerís dying friend.
Here Iíll sit forever viewing
Mercyís streams in streams of blood;
Precious drops, my soul bedewing,
Plead and claim my peace with God.

Sweet the moments, rich in blessing,, Stanza 1
Had I heart to hold its pleasure,
Had I tongue to tell its bliss;
Could I share with all my treasure,
O that all my friends were his.
Nothing else could quite so charm me,
Nor my evíry idol hold.
Satan now no more can harm me,
Iíve a home in realms of gold.

Sweet the moments, rich in blessing,, Stanza 2