The Parting Hand
September 1, 2006
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Here’s something very Sacred Harp: The Parting Hand, a site to record songs you’d like sung and other remembrances made at your own funeral. It’s a quick site Annie Grieshop and I put together over the past few days in our spare time.
“The Parting Hand” is the tune most frequently sung at the end of a Sacred Harp convention.
My Christian friends, in bonds of love,
Whose hearts in sweetest union join,
Your friendship’s like a drawing band,
Yet we must take the parting hand.
Your company’s sweet, your union dear,
Your words delightful to my ear;
Yet when I see that we must part
You draw like chords around my heart.
(One of the interesting things about Sacred Harp singing is how these words resonate even with non- or ex-Christian singers).