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Mount Vernon 110

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Stephen Jenks, 1799
Poet: Theodore Dwight, 1799
Meter: Long Meter Double (8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
What solemn sound the ear invades,
What wraps the land in sorrow's shade?
From heav'n the awful mandate flies,
The Father of his country dies.
Where shall our nation turn its eye,
What help remains beneath the sky?
Our friend, protector, strength and trust,
Lies low and mould'ring in the dust.

What solemn sounds the ear invade!, Stanzas 1 & 4